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Ringgold Record, 1877

IN MEMORY of MRS. MARINDA JUDSON.

Marinda SMITH was born in Adams county, Ohio, Jan. 17th, 1835, and came to Iowa when quite young; was left an orphan when twelve years old; was married at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when seventeen, to Horatio MORSE, and with him, went to California. They crossed the plains with an ox team, being five months on the way. They lived there about one year, when her husband was drowned in the American river, leaving her a widow among strangers. Returning east by steamer, she went to her late husband's parents in Connecticut, where her only child, Adelia MORSE, now Mrs. Geo. R. STEPHENS, was born. On May 1st, 1855, she united with the Congregational church of which she remained a faithful member until her marriage with her second husband, Mr. John U. JUDSON, September 13, 1857, soon after which she joined the M. E. church at Litchfield, Connecticut.

They came to Ringgold county, Iowa, in 1863, where she has since resided. She departed this life December 7, 1887, aged 52 years, 10 months and 20 days. Truly a mother in the church as gone to her reward. It may well be said of Sister JUDSON, while we mourn for her, "She has done what she could." Her life work is included in that short sentence. It was her aim to bring happiness to all that came in her way. With the sick and afflicted she was always welcome. The writer of this sketch has often stood with her by the sufferer and witnessed her ministrations. Those who knew her best prized her merit. Her religion was not of an emotional kind, the objects of which all center in self, but a deep abiding love for Christ seemed to rule all the acts of her life. As a neighbor, she was kind; to the poor, she was liberal. To the erring and unfortunate she was considerate and sympathetic. To her family she exhibited a love intensified by her love for the Master. To the church she was loyal. In church and Sunday school work she was untiring in her efforts, sometimes doing even beyond her strength. She has left us and no words of ours can reach or benefit her. To those left behind let me say: "Go and do thou likewise." Follow her as she followed Christ.

--By an old neighbor, F. S. LOCKE.

NOTE: Marinda was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription and note Sharon R. Becker, 2008

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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