Marietta Sanders was born in Benton County, Iowa, November 30, 1853, and passed away at her home in Mount Ayr March 27, 1929 aged 75 years, three months and 27 days.
At the age of 14 years the family moved to Adair County, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Charles V. Porter November 12, 1882, the home being first established in Greenfield and later in Afton. In 1900 the family moved to Mount Ayr, which has ever since been their permanent residence. To this union were born five children, Blanche of Marshalltown, Leslie of Bethany, MO., Clair of Des Moines, Mrs. Harold Davis of Mount Ayr and Edna who died in infancy. With this exception the family circle has not before been broken, her husband, four children and four grandchildren surviving her.
She was one of a family of eleven children, of which she is the fourth to answer the summons. The remaining brothers and sisters are David and John Sanders of Carlisle, Iowa, Fred Sanders of Greenfield, Iowa, Mrs. Frank Post of Coeur D’Alene, ID., and Mrs. George Brand of Industry, IL.
At an early age she was united with the Methodist Church. Though for many years she has been unable to attend the regular services of the church, her unswerving faith and loyalty never faltered. Her religious life was confident, joyous and happy. “She knew in whom she believed.”
Mrs. Porter’s was an unusual character. Thirty years ago she was attacked by a form of rheumatism which caused constant suffering and which from year to year rendered her more and more helpless. But she bore her affliction with courage and extreme patience, and was never known to murmur nor complain. For her own family she cherished an unusual devotion but her interest and affection reached far beyond family ties to neighbors and friends far and near. Her invalid chair was a mecca to which both old and young were attracted, and from which radiated hope, faith, and cheer, and from which none went away without increased strength and courage.
In spite of her affliction, her spirit remained young and life held much of enjoyment. This spirit, she was able to pass on to others and to those who knew her, her life will ever be a blessing.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Friday, March 29, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.