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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 life.

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
Tuskeego, Iowa.

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