November 9, 1922
OBITUARY ~ SARAH ANN (BONTROGER) PORTER
Sarah Ann Bontrager was born at Sardis, Monroe Co., Ohio, May 22, 1842, and departed this life Nov. 4, 1922 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richard Stamper in Grant township where she has made her home the past seventeen years. She was 80 years, 5 months, and 6 days of age.
On May 22, 1852 at Sardis, Ohio, she was united in marriage to Addison Porter. To them were born twelve children: Mrs. Mary Riley of Corning; Margaret, deceased; James, Charles; and Robert of Creston, Iowa; Frank of Prescott, Iowa; Wm. of Des Moines, Iowa; John of Enid, Oklahoma; Mrs. Jennie Stamper, Clearfield, la; Mrs. Addie Nash of Polk City, Iowa; Harry of Ft. Calhoun, Nebr; and Earl of Lenox, Iowa.
She and her husband came from Ohio to Appanoose Co., Iowa in 1864 where they lived for a year and then moved to Ringgold where they resided most of the time since.
She was converted at the age of seventeen and united with the Methodist Church. For the past eight years she was a member of Grant Center Methodist church. She leaves for her children and grandchildren an example and influence of her good and faithful Christian life.
Besides the surviving children she leaves to mourn her loss her aged husband, two sisters, Mrs. Addaline Earhart of Scranton, la., Mrs. Elizabeth Quinn of Grand Mound, Iowa; one brother, Frank Bontroger of Anita, Iowa; forty-seven grandchildren, twenty-two great grand children and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stamper, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of her pastor, Rev. Virgil W. Henderson. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011
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