Former Astoria Woman Dies

Mrs. Eshelman, Canton, Sister Of George Mummert Of Astoria

Barbara Elizabeth Eshelman, daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth Mummert, was born in York County, Pa., July 18, 1859. She departed this life on Feb. 17, 1939, aged 79 years and 7 months.

Very early in life she moved with her parents to Fulton County, Ill., and located near Astoria. Most of her life has been spent in Fulton County. Feb. 24, 1901 she was united in marriage with Rev. D. E. Eshelman. She has been a loving and helpful companion throughout the years of their union, ably assisting him in the work of the various pastorate he has served. For more than 60 years she has been a consistent member of the Church of the Brethren. They were faithful attendants at the services of the Canton church at the time of her death. Her pleasant face will be missed. Everywhere they have gone they have found a host of friends.

Surviving her are her husband, two step-children, Esther Mary Coleson and Alva Eshelman of Decatur, a foster son, Howard Eshelman of Canton (for whom she had provided a home and as nearly as possible taken the place of a natural mother), and a brother, George Mummert of Astoria.

We feel keenly our loss today. But we know that our loss is heaven’s gain. Aunt Barbara, as she was commonly known, was ready to go and be with Jesus if God so willed. She repeated the twenty-third Psalm very distinctly and with assurance on Thursday preceding her departure. Her pastor, Rev. Charles Dumond, used this as a text at the services in Canton at 1 p.m. on Monday. Rev. I. J. Gibson delivered another funeral message at the Woodland church at 3 p.m. Interment followed in the Woodland cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 2/22/1939

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