From a newspaper clipping obituary for Margaret Ann Deller from the estate
sale of Dessa (Sunday) Wolf 25 Nov 2000
"On the sixth of August, 1859, there came to bless the home of John
Margaret Harpham, their eighth child, a daughter, whom the father and mother
christened Margaret Ann.
In this pioneer Steuben county, Indiana, home this young bud of life
blossomed into girlhood. Then came schooldays and the consequent development
of mind and body.
At the age of eighteen, on March 28, 1878, she was united in marriage
I.D. Deller and a home was immediately established on the farm just west
Pleasant Lake which has continued to be their place of abode to the present
Motherhood was hers to enjoy for to this union were born two children,
Geneva, now Mrs. O. W. Chasey, of Angola, Ind., and Ford, Dr. C.F. Deller,
Toledo, O. In this home there ever radiated that glowing hospitality
out of love and true devotion. A faithful wife, loving mother, kind and
thoughtful neighbor, is an abiding memory those left to mourn their loss
Her loving heart and consideration for the welfare of others was
beautifully manifested in that she took into her home and cared for as her
very own, first Lloyd Clermont Deller, a nephew and later Gladys DelGuerra,
young girl left motherless at the age of six. Although neither of these
foster children out-lived her, the impressions of her tender and loving care
were made upon them indellibly and for many years she could cherish the
thought of a real Christian service done for the need of others; in fact
life was one of service.
Born in a Christian home her young mind absorbed the principles there
taught and early in life she manifested her love of Christ and made public
her confession of this faith by joining the U.B. church at Mount Zion, where
she has ever been an adent worker. The Ladies' Aid society was organized
through her untiring efforts and she was honored by being its first
president, serving in a like capacity at different times, and was its honored
president at the time of her demise, July 7, 1922.
Of the family of nine children seven have departed this life and there
remain beside the immediate family, husband, son and daughter, two beloved
brothers, Samuel of Gary, Ind., and George Harpham of Pleasant Lake, Ind.,
two grand children, Paul Deller and Margaret Adeline, son and daughter of
and Mrs. O.W. Chasey, and scores of nieces and nephews in whose memory the
love of their Aunt Anna will ever abide in all its freshness.
The sentiment of father and children can best be expressed in these
Mother--God sent the birds
To gladden all
He sent the floiage and
He sent the June, the stars,
The pearly dewdrops
And then He sent you Mother
To make it all
The funeral services were held at Mount Zion church at 2:00 p.m.,
July 9, 1922, Rev. R.B.Parker officiating."
Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson