Martha J. Leonard Pethtel Obituary


Martha J., daugther of John L. and Rebecca E. Leonard was born in Rogersville, Pa, in 1864. With her parents she migrated to this state in 1865 settling in Isabella Co. It was while residing in the home community that she med and married Richard J. Boyles. To this union three children were born; Ralph C. and Grace R., who passed to their reward Feb 16 1889 and Aug. 21, 1892 respectively. Mr. Boyles also preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1892.

She again united in marriage with Thomas Pethtel July 27, 1899 with whom she has since resided in their home in Coe. She suffered a stroke of paralysis some three years ago, since which time she has been an invalid leading up to her last illness which she has been a patient sufferer. It was after quite a season of intense suffering that she was overcome by the grim reaper and paid the last debt of the flesh Jan. 5th at the advanced age of 66 years, 1 month and 1 day. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband and son, Leroy J. Boyles. Many other relatives and friends.

At the early age of 13 years she united with the church and continued a faithful, consistent christian until the end.

While her health has been such that she was denied the privileges of the kingdom for the past several years, yet her heart yearning were for well being and we can truthfully say of her, that another life has run well it's race, another great battle has been waged and victory won, another link has been forged on God's great end endless chain so bowing to His will in all things, we await the coming of that great and notable day when we shall all join hands and sing the praises, the halejahs that great invisible choir shall sing in the after a while.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Coe Church of Christ, Rev. W. H. Bell officiating. Interment was at Coe Cemetery.

Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Isabella County, MI)

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