From an unknown Oklahoma Newspaper.
*Contributed by
Steina Standerfer Bessette

Martha Millus Standerfer

Funeral services were at 2?30 p.m. Saturday in Evans Funeral Home for Mrs. Martha Standerfer, 86, long time Hartshorne resident, who died Thursday at 2 p.m. in a McAlester hospital. 

Rev. James W. Standerfer, Baptist minister of Arkansas City, Kansas, a grandson of the deceased, preached the funeral sermon.  He was assisted by Rev. Carl Booth, Hartshorne, who read the obituary and Scriptures, closing with prayer.

Carl Booth read from Psalm 40, II Corinthians 1 and John 14.  He said the latter passage was read 27 years ago by the late Rev. C. H. Carlton at the funeral of Mrs. Standerfer's late husband, William L. Standerfer, and that this particular passage had been a favorite with Mrs. Standerfer.

The grandson read from Revelation 21.  He told of how his grandmother, though a shutin since she broke her hip in 1952, always had a smile.  He quoted this verse, "My grace is sufficient for you", speaking of how difficult it was for him to preach his grandmother's funeral sermon.

Mrs. Clarence Ennis was at the piano.  Mrs. T. P. Spear and Mrs. Pam Mitchell sang "God will take the....." and the "Old Rugged Cross".  Joe Parker sang "I Come to the Garden."

Pallbearers were Bill Cheatham, Midwest City, Jim Mills, McAlester, and Lester Maddux, Bob Chronister, Blanton Woodward and Ed Frasher.

Because of the sons, Wes Standerfer, owns the funeral home, Denny Jones, Wilbuton, assisted in directing the funeral and Mrs. Mills, one of the pallbearers, is a funeral director in McAlester.

Burial was in Elmwood cemetery, Hartshorne.

Martha Millus was born in Douglas County, Mo. on February 3, 1875.  In 1893, she was married to William L. Standerfer, at Bengal, I. T.  He was a lumber man.  He died here in 1934.

Survivors include six sons, Ben Standerfer, Waitsburg, Wash., Jim Standerfer, Arkansas City, Kansas, Roy Standerfer, Nutrioso, Ariz., Arthur and Bill Standerfer of the home and Wister Standerfer, who owns the local Funeral Home and who lives in Haileyville.

There are 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and three great-great children.

Ben and Roy Standerfer were unable to come to the funeral because of deep snow.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Standerfer and family and Mr. and Mrs. James Standerfer of Arkansas City were here, also Billy Standerfer and family of Spearman, Texas.

*William L. (Lewis) Standerfer was the son of James S., grandson of Jeremiah, g-grandson of Archibald Standerfer.

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