Mary Ellen Osterhoudt was born near McCool Junction, York county, Nebraska, September 11, 1875, and departed this life at her home October 7, 1931, at the age of 56 and 26 days.
She was converted at the Camp Meeting at McCool forty-three years ago and joined the United Brethern church at the age of thirteen.
In 1893 she with her parents moved to Frontier county.
On January 30, 1901, she was united in marriage to S. F. Stark of McCool. To this union two children were born.
In the spring of 1904 they moved back to York county.
Mrs. Stark was always a devoted christian and taught the little folks Sunday school class for twenty-five years. She loved the little ones so well and did her Master’s will in helping to start their feet into christian paths. Great will be her reward in Heaven.
Her smiling face is greatly missed in all the church services since her health would not permit her to attend. She had planned to meet again soon with the church folks here, but Jesus called her home to blend her voice with the loved ones that have gone before.
She leaves to mourn, her husband, Stanton Stark, and two children, Mrs. Albert Lundy of York and Charles at home; one sister, Mrs. John Robinson of Meeker, Colorado, and three brothers, Matthew, Will and Ralph Osterhoudt, all of Curtis, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Charles and Ladene Lundy, besides a host of friends.
Servant of God well done
Thy glorious warfare’s past,
The battle’s fought, the race is won
And thou art crowned at last.
Let faith exalt her joyful voice,
And now in triumph sing,
O grave where is thy victory?
And where, O death thy sting?
The stars shall shine for a thousand years,
A thousand years and a day,
But God, and His will live and live
When the stars are passed away.
The funeral services were held at the McCool U. B. church Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. R. Simpkins of Hollinger, a former pastor here. He was assisted by Rev. Con Hewitt the present pastor here and Rev. Johnson of York.
Burial was in the McCool cemetery.
Blue Valley Journal 35(19):5 Thursday, October 15, 1931
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