Martha Root

Martha Root

Birth
Death 28 Sep 1939 (aged 67)
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Memorial ID 17104850 · View Source
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After becoming a Bahá'í in 1909, Martha Root traveled and taught the Faith tirelessly on every continent. Effendi called Martha Root "that archetype of Bahá'í teachers" and "the star-servant".

Marzieh Gail testifies to her devotion:

And so on and on she traveled--not young or strong, not beautiful, not rich, alone, and more than once in terrible danger--on and on, for twenty years. She had begun these journeys in response to 'Abdu'l-Bahá's mandate to America, issued in His Tablets of the Divine Plan. That was 1919. She was the first to arise, and she carried on with her work until, far from home, she stumbled and fell "in her tracks." Died September 29, 1939, in agony after months of physical torment.
That grave of hers, under a rainbow shower tree in Honolulu, is like so many Bahá'í graves that dot the planet--they are tenanted by exiles. I think of Canada's May Bolles Maxwell, far to the south in Buenos Aires; or of my father Ali-Kuli Khan, born in Káshán, buried in the capital city of the United States; or of Dr. Susan I. Moody, much-loved American, who lies in Tihrán among the people she served so long and well. The very geography of their graves expresses their devotion to Bahá'u'lláh.
(p3-4)


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  • Created by: John Nesbit
  • Added: 21 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17104850
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Root (19 Aug 1872–28 Sep 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17104850, citing O'ahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by John Nesbit (contributor 46880824) .