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Susan "Ethel" Standerfer Stinson

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As described by her descendants, Ethel was a "truly saintly woman" 
who was lovingly known as "Ma" to her grandchildren.

Susan "Ethel" Standerfer Stinson's Obituary:

Mrs. Ethel Stinson, age 72, died at 10:20a.m. Friday, August 2, 1957 at her home at 37 Lake Street, Danville, Illinois. She had been in ill health health several years and bedfast six weeks at home. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Dahlgren and the Royal Neighbors.

Mrs. Stinson and her husband, John, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last December 26th.

She was born November 18, 1884, in Hamilton County, Illinois, the daughter of Russell and Tennessee Carr Standerfer.

Survivors, beside the husband, include three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Boyd, Petersburg, Ind.; Mrs. Virginia Watts , Springfield, Ill; Mrs. Ruby Rodgers, Danville, Ill; two sons, Hubert and Russell Stinson, Danville.

She professed faith in Christ at an early age and this faith grew steadily stronger and was the means of her conquering ill health, which was destined to be hers through most of her lifetime. She radiated the Christian faith and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Funeral services were held at the Dahlgren Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, August 4, with the Rev. John Maulding officiating and burial at Union Cemetery.

Union Cemetery in the Woods  
(Dahlgren, Hamilton County, IL)

Not Growing Old

by Ethel Stinson

They say that I am growing old!
I’ve heard them tell it times untold
in language plain and bold.

But, I’m not growing old.
This frail old shell in which I dwell
is growing old, I know full well,
but I am not the shell.

What if my hair is turning gray?
gray hairs are honorable, so they say.
What if my eyesight’s growing dim?,
I still can see to follow him,
who sacrificed his life for me,
upon the Cross of Calvary.

What should I care if time’s old plow
has left its furrow on my brow?
Another house not made by hand,
awaits me in the glory land.

What though I falter in my walk,
what though my tongue refuse to talk?
I still can tread the narrow way;
I still can Watch and Trust and Pray.

My hearing may not be so keen,
as in the past it may have been.
Still, I can hear my Savior say,
in whispers soft, "This is the Way".

The outward man does what he can
to lengthen out his life’s short span.
But he shall perish and return to dust,
as everything in nature must.
The inward man, the scriptures say,
is growing stronger every day.

Then how can I be growing old,
when safe within my Saviors fold?
My soul shall fly away,

and leave this tenement of clay.

This robe of Flesh, I’ll drop and rise,
to seize the everlasting prize,
and meet you on the streets of gold
and prove that I am not growing old!


 Susan Ethel Standerfer was the daughter of Russell Standerfer, 
the youngest son of Jobe Standerfer of Hamilton County, Illinois.

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