The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1928
OBITUARY - MRS. J. F. KIRBY.
After an illness of several years' duration, during the last four months of which she was bedfast, Mrs. J. F. [Martha L. (CASE)] KIRBY passed
peacefully away at her home in east Mount Ayr Friday morning at nine o'clock. She is survived by her husband and five
children; two brothers, William CASE of Shenandoah, Iowa, Lincoln CASE of Newkirk, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. Sarah PITTMAN of
Mount Ayr, who are the only survivors of the twelve children of the CASE family, whose parents came to Ringgold county in
1854 and settled in Lotts Creek township.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, being conducted by Rev.
T. S. RHOADES, and interment was in the family lot in Knowlton [Centenary] cemetery.
The following obituary was read at
the funeral service:
Martha L. CASE was born at Ringgold City, Iowa, June 2, 1860, where she lived until she was united
in marriage with J. F. KIRBY July 18, 1882. Her entire life was spent in Ringgold county with the exception of eighteen
months which were spent in Kansas. To Mr. and Mrs. KIRBY were born ten children, five of whom preceded the mother in death.
Those living are Leota LAMB, Mount Ayr, Iowa; Zelma BEAN, Los Angeles, Calif.; Flora CRANK, Des Moines, Iowa; Alta GREEN,
Goodland, Kan., and Glen KIRBY, of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
When a child she united with the Evangelical church at Ringgold City,
where she remained a member until moving to Mount Ayr, when she united with the Methodist church and remained faithful until
For several years her health would not permit her to attend the house of worship, but her faith was strong until
the sunset of life, which came Friday morning about nine o'clock, and while there was sunset here there was a great sunrise
in the Great Beyond. She was 68 years, one month and 25 days old.
NOTE: Jacob F. KIRBY, husband of Martha L. (CASE), was born in 1861, and died in 1942 with interment at Centenary Cemetery near
Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa. Children of Jacob F. and Martha L. (CASE) KIRBY who were interred at Centenary Cemetery are:
Frances KIRBY, born 1893; Arvilla KIRBY, born 1896 and died 1899; Clarence KIRBY, born 1898 and died 1907; and Pearl Fira
KIRBY, born 1898 and died 1903.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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