MARIA J. AYRS HOOVER WHITELY

MARIA J. AYRS WAS BORN OCTOBER 7, 1834 NEAR LAKE CHAMPLAIN IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.  DIED, AFTER AN ILLNESS OF FOUR MONTHS, AT HER HOME NEAR DELPHOS, APRIL 21, 1900, AT THE AGE OF 65 YEARS 6 MONTHS AND 14 DAYS.  SHE MARRIED TO JACOB HOOVER, APRIL 12, 1849, IN OHIO. TO THIS UNION WERE GIVEN NINE CHILDREN, FIVE GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS- OF WHOM FIVE ARE DEAD, WHILE THREE BOYS AND ONE GIRL SURVIVE HER. SOON AFTER HER MARRIAGE THE FAMILY MOVED TO MACON COUNTY, ILLINOIS. IN 1853 THEY TO CLINTON COUNTY, IOIWA AND FROM THERE TO RINGGOLD COUNTY IN 1870. DEATH CLAIMED HER COMPANION IN 1876. SHE TOOK UP THE STRUGGLE OF LIFE ALONE, LIVING A WIDOW TILL JUNE 1887 WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED TO JOSEPH WHITELY WHO SURVIVES HER. SISTER WHITELY UNITED WITH THE CHURCH OF CHRIST OF DELPHOS, UNDER THE MINISTRY OF B.H. WATKINS IN 1891. HER LIFE HAS BEEN AN OPEN CONFESSION OF HER CHRIST. SHE WAS A KIND MOTHER AN AFFECTIONATE WIFE. FOR SIX YEARS PAST SHE HAS BEEN AFFLICTED WITH TUMOR OF THE SIDE, AND FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS HAS BEEN CONFINED TO HER ROOM.  SHE WAS A NURSE TO THE SICK AND AN “ANGEL OF LIGHT” TO THE TROUBLED, SO SHE WON FROM ALL THE TITLE “MOTHER WHITELY”.  SHE IS GONE, BUT TO A BETTER WORLD.  HER PAIN IS OVER. MAY HER SAVIOR COMFORT THE AGED HUSBAND AND THE SORROWING FAMILY IN THIS, THEIR HOUR OF AFFLICTION.  THE FUNERAL WAS CONDUCTED BY THE WRITER AT MIDDLE FORK CHAPEL, AND THE REMAINS LEFT TO SLEEP IN THE CEMETERY NEAR THE CHURCH.  (H.E. VAN HORN)

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