ELIZABETHTOWN, Ill. (Nov. 9, 1935) — Aileen Martin, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Dave Martin, was born at Elizabethtown, Illinois, November 1, 1909,
departed this life October 27, 1922, age 12 year, 11 month and 20 days.
Aileen was the ideal of her home, the leader of classes at shcool and an inspiration to all that who knew her. She was loved by her friends and schoolmates because of her loving disposition.
Her playmates always knew that she would always be fair in play. Older people enjoyed her company because of her lady-like attitude.
Her teacher could always depend on her doing the things assigned her, and do them with enjoyment, never having to be chastised by the teacher. The father and mother of Aileen saw in her bright hopes when she should grow into womanhood. She would often relate to her mother how she expected to get an education and of the many things she would do when she was through school. She never tired of doing things that helped to take burden off her mother and lived for the time when she could make money so she could help more.
Aileen was taken ill some two weeeks before her death but was thought not to be serious. She was taken to the Rosiclare Hospital on Tuesday October 23rd. where all that human hands could do was done, but God in his infinit power wanted her for one of his angels and on the evening of October 27th, her soul was taken back to Him who gave it.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hoke at the IOOF cemetery Sunday October 28th and there among the host of sorrowing relatives and friends the remains were laid to rest to await the resurrection morning.
It was very impressive to see Aileen's classmates gathering around the grave to adorn it with flowers, knowing that the last tribute on earth was being paid her. We often wonder why such bright promising lives are taken from us, but we then hear the words of our Master, Suffer little children to come unto me for all such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Then we know He doeth all things well.
By her superintendent E.E. Downing
Thanks to Wanda H. Reed for contributing this article to the Hardin County ILGenWeb site. The Hardin County Independent first published this article on Nov. 9, 1935.
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