Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
September 7, 1905
OBITUARY - MARY ROBERTSON FOSDICK
Mary ROBERTSON, the third daughter of George and Josie ROBERTSON, was
born at Jedburg, near Edinburgh, Scotland, November 5, 1836. In 1841 her
parents, with their family of four daughters and one son, came to
America. While on their voyage of nearly nine weeks' duration, the
infant daughter, eleven months old, sickened and died and they were
obliged to commit the body to the cold blue waves. Arriving at New York
City they proceeded at once overland to Marshall County, Illinois, where
the father purchased a farm near Chillicothe. On this homestead the
father, mother and son spent their lives, the mother dying within a few
years. The two older daughters married and one settled within five
miles of the homestead, the other in Stark County. The last member of
her immediate family, she was raised as strict Scotch Presbyterians
usually are. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church when 15
years of age.
She was married in 1855 to Rev. Levi FOSDICK. He having been a student
at Fairmont Theological Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio, and after their
marriage he pursued his ministerial studies while teaching school, also
working at carpenter work and again entering college at Shurtleff Upper
Alton, where he took special theological course, graduating in 1862. At
the close of this year, they removed to Fond Du Lac County, Wis., where
he took the pastorate of the Lamertine Church and was ordained in 1863.
The consistent life of a Pastor's helpmeet she modestly lived, reserved
always, judicious, ever quick to perceiving the true merits of those
around her, she seldom erred in rightly discerning the real from the
assumed of those with whom she was called upon to mingle in her daily
Since the death of her life long companion and loved one, who died July
30, 1903, she has been lonely and often melancholy, and during the
gradual decline consequent upon old age has longed to depart and be at
home. Her prayer has been for patient submission to God's will and her
heart's desire has been to join the loved companion on the other shore.
Her daughter, Mrs. J. R. BALLINGER, and her sons, Geo. A. and Frank W.,
were with her in her last hours.
The severe illness which was the immediate cause of her death was
cholera morbus with which she was seized on August 17 at noon and died
August 23, at 11 p.m. Her sufferings were severe for about five days.
She retained consciousness until within a few hours and expressed
herself both ready and desirous of being at rest.
Her loved ones do not mourn a lost one, but feel that she has gone on
before and has heard the Savior's welcome voice saying, "Come home, dear
one, come home."
The funeral services were conducted by her former pastor, G. W. SMITH,
assisted by the present pastor, J. W. MUNDELL, the U.B. Pastor, Rev. S.
HARVEY, from the Tuskeego Baptist Church where she has held her
membership the past six years. She was laid to rest beside her husband
in the Kellerton Cemetery [Maple Row].
-- MRS. JENNIE R. BALLINGER
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