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HICE, Elizabeth (Rorabaugh) Myers

    Johnstown Tribune, 13 Jun 1922, Page 2, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Last of Her Generation to Pass Away; One of Pioneer Family.

Mrs. Elizabeth Hice.

The obituary of the family and life of Mrs. Elizabeth Rorabaugh Myers Hice, has been prepared at her request by H. Stuard Dunmire, of Harrisburg, Pa., the date of which was given by the deceased from her keen mind and marvelous memory, in the recent past.

Almost a century ago the heads of this remarkable family, Adam and Mary Rorabaugh came to this country from Germany and located in Jackson Township, Cambria County, Pa., and began developing the land which was to become their future home.

According to Mrs. Hice's statement, "her father was the first man in Jackson Township to fell a tree and build a house, which was simply a crude log cabin."

In this community they lived during their life time. The father departing his life in his 70s and the mother in her 60s.

Their home was blessed with 12 children, five girls and seven boys; namely, John, Yarice, Maria, Henry, Mary, Peter, George, Catherine, Elizabeth, David, Susan and Samuel, four of these, John, Yarice, Maria and Henry being born in Germany prior to the emigration of their parents.

Mrs. Elizabeth Rorabaugh Myers Hice was the last of this sturdy and noble family to depart her life. She was born October 19, 1826 and was married January 13, 1857 to Wendel Myers, who was born in Baden, Germany.

Their home was selected in Croyle Township, Cambria County, Pa. To this union six children were born, four daughters and two sons, Sara (Mrs. John Mangus, of Wilmore, Pa.), Elizabeth (Mrs. George Myers, of Summerhill, Pa.), Mary (Mrs. Homer Jacobs, of Altoona, Pa.) now deceased, Amanda (Mrs. Alex Storey of Sidman, Pa.), Isaiah, of Tacoma, Wash., and Wendel, of Summerhill, Pa., deceased.

At the close of the Civil War, Mr. Wendel Myers met his death by accident, levang [sic] his six children and widow to fight the battles of life by themselves and it was during this period of time that the deceased proved herself to be the heroic, sturdy, loving, patient, industrious, ambitious, and ideal character and mother that we all knew her to be.

After remaining a widow for seven years the deceased married Mr. William Hice, also of Croyle Township, where she resided until his death.

To this marriage two children were born, one daughter and one son, John, now residing in the old homestead, and Ella Mae (Mrs. Fred Mause) of Sidman, Pa.

Mrs. Elizabeth Rorabaugh Myers Hice as a citizen and neighbor was unsurpassable.

She saw only the bright side of life and appreciated the smallest act of kindness and courtesy. Letting patience have its perfect work she fought the battles of life heroically.

Many times was she referred to as the greatest woman in her township and county.

As a mother she was ideal and as a grandmother sublime, and since she has passed form her home here on earth to the mansions in heaven above, we can only exclaim "Oh angel mother and sainted grandmother, how much beyond our appreciation was your beautiful and useful life on earth, how we loved you and enjoyed you. Yes, how we patterned after you, but how we failed in our attempt to meet life's battles as you did."

Your courage, your patience, your inspirations, your aspirations, and your ideals were many times beyond our susceptibilities. We adore you dear loving mother. We adore you darling grandmother for your true and noble life. Thank you for your kind, honest, helpful words of advice and instruction. Thank you for the flowers you grew and the delicious dinners you prepared for us.

Thank you for living true to the laws of God and thereby preserving the earthly house He gave you to dwell in, so that you could continue your great work for more than four score years. Thank you for your services to your community as a citizen and neighbor.

Thank you angel mother. Thank you sainted grandmother for your beautiful life on earth and the inspiration of your shining face in heaven above. On earth you were to us as the Rose of Sharon and the lilies of the valley and many we do our duty toward the race in this existence, as you did, and may the flowers that you scattered in our pathway prove to be the inspiration of our lives for greater usefulness in the world until the dear Master calls us home, where we can again greet you and rejoice with you in His presence.

Dearest grandma how we loved you and adored your smiling face. How we cherished all your greatness and your patience in every race.

Now to Jesus we commend you as you sit before His face. And in heaven we will meet you and rejoice for Jesus' sake.

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