|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1840|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1922|
On January 26, 1840, near the town of Fulton, Star County, Ohio, Lydia Zentmyers, daughter of John and Sarah Zentmyers, first saw the light of day. After a long and useful life she went to be at home with the Lord on Wednesday, July 5, 1922. She passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Menno Beight, five and one half miles northwest of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Her father was one of the early ministers of the Church of God. She was raised in a religious atmosphere and at the age eighteen was converted under the spiritual labors of Rev. F. F. Kiner who was later a chaplain in the 14th Iowa Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. She with five other young women was buried with Christ by baptism into death in the river at what was at that time called Deedsville, now Merrimae. They were baptized at the hour of midnight as the rejoicing company assembled on the banks of the stream sang.
"Oh happy day, that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior, and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad."
She ever afterward lived an earnest, faithful consistent Christian life. On August 13, 1874, she and Mr. Benjamin B. Allender were united in marriage. One daughter was born to them. Anna, who is the wife of Mr. Menno Beight, and who remains to mourn. Mother and daughter were never separated from each other except for one night in all their lives together. The daughter gave her mother most devoted attention and loving care during the long years of her infirmity and suffering.
The Zentmyers family, to which she belonged, originally consisted of eight children. Two of them, Mrs. Sarah Catherine Price, Pasadena, California and Mrs. Samuel Zentmyers, Mt. Pleasant Iowa, survive. Those departed are David and Daniel Zentmyers, Mrs. Mary A. Smith, Mrs. Martha Haines, and Mrs. Elizabeth Jay.
Funeral services, conducted by Frank E. Weston, of the First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, assisted by Rev. T. D. Groyer, pastor of the Mennonite Church, Trenton, were held on Friday forenoon. Exercises were held at the home at ten o'clock. Mr. Grover spoke there and read the following dying message from the deceased to her friends and neighbors:
"Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrow path.
With here and there a traveler.
Deny thyself and take thy cross.
Is the Redeemer's great command:
Nature must count her gold but dross,
If she would gain this heavenly land."
[Multiple songs were listed.] The singers were Mrs. Anna Harshbarger, Mrs. Bert Jay, Mr. J. A. Wilson and Pastor Weston. Mrs. J. W. Jackson was accompanist. The pall bearers, all nephews were George Gholson, Max, Edward, Charles and John Smith, and Ray Zentmyers. Interment was in Forest Home.
Lydia Allender was one of Henry County's best women. Coming here in an early day, she was one of those who helped form the life of the new country. Her influence for good will ever remain potent in the community in which she spent her life.
The Daily News, Mt. Pleasant, July 12, 1922
John Zentmyers (1813 - 1874)
Sarah Conoway Zentmyers (1811 - 1852)
Benjamin Bowen Allender (1816 - 1882)*
Anna Allender Beight (1875 - 1962)*
David Zentmyers (1833 - 1916)*
Mary Ann Zentmeyers Smith (1838 - 1891)*
Lydia Zentmyers Allender (1840 - 1922)
Martha Zentmyers Haines (1843 - 1913)*
Elizabeth Zentmyer Jay (1845 - 1914)*
Forest Home Cemetery
Plot: b row 10
Created by: Mo and Dave Gates
Record added: Feb 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85807108