Martha M. (Jones) Hite
born June 20, 1846, in Massachusetts
died January 8, 1908, in Aurora, Illinois
Mrs. Martha Hite, widow of the late James M. Hite, died at the home of her daughter, in Aurora, January 8, of bronchial pneumonia. She had been to Iowa to visit her daughter, Mrs. Wm. H. Osborne, and stopped off at Aurora to visit her daughter, Mrs. John Whisler. She had a bad cold which developed into bronchial pneumonia. She was born in Massachusetts June 20, 1846. Came with her parents to Illinois when about four years of age, settling near Serena. She was married to James M. Hite, of Dayton, Feb. 22, 1864. Her husband died fourteen years ago. Surviving her are seven sons and two daughters: Elmer Hite, of Bayard, Kansas; Mrs. Thos. J. Collins, of Ottawa; Edward Hite, of Bayard, Kan.; Mrs. Wm. D. Whisler, of Freedom; Mrs. O. H. Thompson, of Sheridan; Mrs. John J. McGrath, of Freedom; Mrs. John W. Whisler, of Aurora; Mrs. Wm. Raby, of Wedron; Mrs. Wm. Osborne, of Emmetsburg, Iowa. She also leaves fifteen grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. Her age was sixty-one years, six months and eighteen days. The remains arrived Friday morning and the funeral was held Saturday morning at her home near Wedron.1
To Mrs. Martha Hite, who died at Aurora, Ill., January 8, 1908.
We are sad and lonely tonight,
And our eyes ore dim with tears;
Another less in number now,
For He has taken one so dear.
Her loving voice no more we’ll hear,
Her kindly look and loving face,
So dear and precious to our hearts,
We miss from its cherished place.
And tonight our home so lonely,
And our hearts with grief are rent,
As sitting so sadly we recall
Her words before she went.
Our loved and cherished mother’s
Life’s journey is safely o’er,
For she’s gone to eternal rest
In that happy land to suffer pain no more.
Brothers, sisters, mourn now,
For the lily now fled,
The perfume re,aims
Though the blossom be dead.
1. Ottawa [Illinois] Fair Dealer, January 17, 1908
2. Fair Dealer, January 31, 1908