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 Ottilia <I>Obert</I> Maertz

Ottilia Obert Maertz

Death 1903 (aged 91–92)
Burial Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 10, Lot 250
Memorial ID 100144400 · View Source
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The Quincy Daily Whig, August 19, 1903

"By Their Works Ye Shall Know Them"

Mrs. Ottilia Maertz died as she had lived - A Good Woman

She Quotes Scriptural passages "For Their Works Do Follow" - At Rest.

At about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon Mrs. Ottilia Maertz, one of Quincy's pioneers and highly respected residents, closed her eyes in eternal slumber after a brief illness. About two weeks ago Mrs. Maertz was prostrated by the heat and at her advanced age was unable to recover from its effects. Death came quietly and peacefully.

Mrs. Maertz had exceeded by twenty-two years the three score years and ten allotted to mankind. Through all her life she had done her duty by mankind. Previous to her death she had expressed the with that no eulogistic obituary be published. She needs none. "For Their Works do Follow Them."

Was 92 Years Old

Mrs. Maertz was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, May 16, 1811, being therefore 92 years of age. She came to this country when a girl of 17 years, in 1828, with her brothers and in 1836 came to Quincy. Mrs. Maertz arrived in Quincy May 19, 1836. What is now a prosperous city was at that time little more than a wilderness, a cloister of log cabins marked the site of what is now the city's business district and all the conveniences of life were lacking. Mrs. Maertz remained in Quincy with her husband, Charles A. Maertz, whom she had married in St. Louis, October 27, 1834. She saw the backwoods settlement grow to a village. She saw the village become a city. With her husband she lived happily for over 55 years.

Children in the West

On January 7, 1890, Mr. Maertz departed from this world and Mrs. Maertz was left with her four devoted daughters. Mrs. Otillia Durant, Miss Louise Maertz, Mrs. Emma A. Cyrus and Mrs. Dora R. M. Lockwood, are the surviving daughters. Two of the daughters now in the west, one in Colorado Springs, the other inSalt Lake City, whither they went in search of health. They have been notified of their mother's death and are expected home as soon as they can traverse the distance that lies between them and Quincy.

Of Mrs. Maertz herself nothing needs be said. She was a good woman, she had many true friends. She requires no eulogies after her death because in life she received the thanks of the suffering for the alleviation of their misery, of the sorrowing for her sympathy.

"By their works ye shall know them."

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