Roxy Stauffer Obituary
Mrs. Roxy Stauffer was born October 18, 1843, in Painted Post, N.Y. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wells. Her parents moved to Grand Rapids when she was twelve years old, later moving on a farm in the southern part of Cher township, Ottawa Co., where she spent her girl and young womanhood. September 24, 1865, she was married to Samuel Stauffer, coming directly to their farm in the northern part of Chester township, and there she has practically lived until her death December 9, 1909.
To know Mrs. Stauffer was to love her. If she ever saw the dark side of life, she never told it. Always cheerful, she was a comfort to any home she went into, and they were countless. If there was trouble or sickness, Mrs. Stauffer was the first one to know it, and she always brought sunshine with her. She never spared self or means where they were needed for the comfort of others.
Mr. and Mrs. Stauffer were two of the charter members of North Chester Church, which was organized in 1881, but long before that she gave her heart to Christ, and she has ever lived a true Christian life. She was a loyal member, always first to do and give when needed in any department of church work, keeping in touch with the work to the last.
The death of Mr. Stauffer November 6, 1899, followed soon after by the drowning of her eldest son, Charles, was the first great sorrow to come into her life. Although she never complained, we could see she aged rapidly. For the past few months she has been a great sufferer, but bore it so patiently that few knew how much she suffered. She was ready and longer to go to meet those who had gone before.
Her family were with her at the last, and nearly her last words were: “We were have so happy together, you were all so good to me. I am so glad to go. Meet me over there.”
She leaves to mourn their loss Two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Porter, of North Chester, Mrs. H. S. Averill, of Sparta, and one son, Frank Stauffer, of Sparta, besides a wide circle of friends. To us it is a loss never to be replaced, to her it is a grain for all eternity.
Funeral services were help from the North Chester church Sunday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. I. B. Buffum.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the friends in Sparta and North Chester who so kindly remembered our mother during her illness, and for their kind sympathy for us in our bereavement. Especially do we appreciate the kindness of the singers and organist who braved the storm to furnish the music at the funeral.