Martha (Miller) Helmuth, 94, of Plain City, born May 24, 1918, to Joe and Martha (Stutzman) Miller, went home to see her Savior, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eli A. Helmuth; four children, Louella, her firstborn at 7 months of age, Mary and John who died at birth and a stillborn daughter; brothers, Dan, Jake, Melvin, Joe Miller; sisters, Mary Mast, Lydiann Miller, Sarah Gingerich, Susie Miller; son-in-law, Ivan A. Yoder.
She is survived by her loving family sons, Jacob (Lydiann) Helmuth, Bill (Fannie) Helmuth of Plain City, Ohio; daughters, Carolyn Helmuth of Dublin, Ohio, Betty (Steve) Kaetterhenry and Edna (Moses) Gingerich of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Martha (Terry) Major of Pierceville, Kansas and Bonnie (Robert) Montgomery of Aldie, Virginia; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Amanda (Al) Helmuth of Plain City, Ohio and Ada (Jonas) Helmuth Miller of Hazelton, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Martha loved the Lord and for as long as her family can remember she had the practice of getting up early in the morning before daylight to spend an hour or more communing with her Heavenly Father through Scripture reading and prayer. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild was mentioned by name. Others were mentioned as well; those with special needs, the pastors, church members, missionaries. Her prayers will be missed but now she can take them directly to the Father.
Martha's other passion was quilting. She pieced and quilted over 100 quilts in her lifetime, donating many to Shekinah Christian School and the Haiti relief sale.
Her last four years on earth were spent bedridden under the complete care of her children, especially her daughter Carolyn and sons, Bill and Jake. Her body was weak and failing, but her spirit and sense of humor were as alive as ever. She was a blessing to all who would visit and she had a sweet, uncomplaining spirit, always thanking anyone who cared for her, even if they only gave a drink of water.
She longed for the day she would "see her Savior first of all." She will be missed.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the United Bethel Mennonite Church, 11342 Lafayette-Plain City Road, Plain City, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, and additional calling hours from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Burial will be at United Bethel Mennonite Cemetery.
In charge of arrangements is FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 202 E. Main St. (state Route 161 W.), Plain City.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Loving Care Hospice, 56 S. Oak St., London, OH 43140.
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Published in The Madison Press on Dec. 4, 2012