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In Loving Memory of All the Mothers Listed Below

A PARABLE FOR MOTHERS

The young mother set her feet on the path of life. "Is the way long?" she asked. And her guide said,"Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children and gathered flowers for them along the way and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and life was good, and the young mother cried," Nothing is better than the brightness of today, for I have taught my children courage."

And the morning came and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed; and when they reached the top they said, "We could not have done it without you, Mother". And the mother, when she lay down that night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is better than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage, and today I have given them strength."

And the next day came strange clouds that darkened the earth. Clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said, "Look up. Lift your eyes to the ligtht." And the children looked up and saw above them an everlasting Glory, and it guided them and brought them beyond the darkness. And that night the mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was light as a feather. And at last they came to a hill, and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and the golden gates flung wide.

And the mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey, and now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone and their children after them."

And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory ... she is a LIVING PRESENCE."
Temple Bailey



Susan Marie Schrum Casmire, Millersville, MD born June 29, 1963, died April 9, 2005, daughter of Martin and Eva Schrum

Fern Clifton Ison, born November 26, 1918 in Shoals, Indiana passed away December 10, 2001 in Long Beach CA. Fern was the daughter of Mary Ellen Shrum Clifton and James T. Clifton.

Ellis Edwin Shrum, born April 27, 1923 passed away July 27, 2001

Opal Egan, born October 19, 1909 passed away August 13, 2001

Charlie Brown passed away January 2000

Mary Frances Reddie, 49, passed away August 3, 2000

Blair Jonas Helms, 75, passed away August 28, 2000

Craig Wilson Shrum, 82, passed away October 4, 2000

Shannon Eugene Peeler, 32, passed away October 28, 2000

Bess Lohr Schrum, 99, passed away October 31, 2000

Esther Irene Williams Johnson, 59, passed away December 13, 2000

Jimmy Robert Carpenter, 67, passed away January 17, 2001

Clyde Lee Sigmon, 72, passed away January 19, 2001

Margaret Lucy Shrum Ramseur, 85, passed away January 20, 2001

Faye Thornburg Murphy, 71, passed away February 8, 2001

Darrell Schrum, 47, passed away March 12, 2001

Margie Louise Sigmon Queen, 87, passed away March 30, 2001

Charles C. Shrum, 81, passed away May 9, 2001

Edison Eugene Shrum, born August 20, 1915, passed away May 20, 2001

Lucile E. Stevens born June 6, 1906 passed away July, 27, 2001

Robert M. Shrum who resided in Sebring Florida passed away the first part of August 2000. He was the son of the late Clarence and Flossie Shrum

Carroll John Painter age 52, passed away May 31, 2000

Geraldine Lanier Schrum age 80, passed away May 12, 2000

Evelyn Fae Shrum age 49, passed away May 6, 2000

Elizabeth Wilkinson age 90, passed away April 13, 2000

Robert Shrum passed away Thursday, April 13, 2000 in Salem, IN. He was 72 years old, born January 6, 1928. He is survived by his widow Betty Brown Shrum, a son, and three daughters, nine grandchildren, a brother and two sisters

Virginia Gjording age 81, passed away in March 2000

Virginia Nellie Knowles, passed on to her Lord on 28 February 2000, at Carbondale, Illinois, after a long illness. She was born on June 23rd, 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Edwin Howell Farrow and Lucretia Esther Bassett. She married Arthur W. Knowles on August 1, 1936, in Providence. Virginia was the mother of Joyce Arlene Knowles Shrum, wife of John L. Shrum. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Knowles, now living in Minden, NV, three daughters, Joyce Shrum of Minden, NV, Janet Ashcraft of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Sue Barnhart of Sand Springs, OK, 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at the Carbondale Presbyterian Church, on 4 March 2000. Her ashes were laid to rest in the Oakmont Cemetery in Carbondale.

Phyllis Shrum Eurey age 53, passed away Feb. 16, 2000

Flossie Cathrin Richman Shrum, 90, died February 13, 2000. Mrs. Shrum was a resident of Edinburg, VA. She was born April 15, 1909 in Shenendoah County VA. She was the widow of Clarence Shrum and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Edinburg, VA.

Carrie Young Schrum age 96, passed away Feb. 12, 2000

Howard Self age 83, passed away Feb. 8, 2000

Orla Hurt age 79, passed away Jan. 30, 2000

Betty Jean Cloer McGinnis age 63, passed away Dec. 29, 1999

Ruth Friday Robinson age 96, passed away Dec. 20, 1999

Rev. Wayne E. Hoyle age 70, passed away Dec. 6, 1999

Peggy Schrum Little age 65, passed away Dec. 2, 1999

Pauline Finger Beatty age 95, passed away Dec. 1, 1999

James Forney Shrum age 76, passed away Sept. 20, 1999

James Henry Schrum age 80, passed away Aug. 31, 1999

Sabrina Nichole Peters, 12, died March 15, 1999 in Trenton, MI of a severe asthma attack. Sabrina was born August 3, 1986 in Trenton, MI. Sabrina was a student council for troubled children in her school and a strong member of her church. She was the second cousin of Fred Shrum.

James William Shrum 67, died of emphysema June 23, 1999 in Monroe, MI. He was born March 1, 1932 in Adena, OH. James was a U.S. Navy veteran and the uncle of Fred Shrum.

Mary Evelyn Smith Shrum 68, of Indianapolis, IN died September 19, 1999. She is survived by her husband Twiller Odell Shrum Jr.; children George W., Samuel O., Ronald J. Chris A, Stanley E, Rodney K. Shrum, and Tina J. Shrum Noles.

Dennis E. Walters, 66, was born March 1, 1933 in Shoals IN,and died September 9, 1999 in Shoals, IN. He was the husband of Betty L. Schrum Walters. Dennis is survived by his wife Betty, daughter, Sandra Hough, and grandson Gregory Hough.

Kenneth John Charles Keener, born Jan. 22, 1931 in Tulsa OK, died Aug. 10, 1999 in Carson City, NV. He was the son of Charles E. Keener and Alta Leota Shrum. He is is survived by his wife, Charlotte E. Morden Keener, two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren, three brothers, Cecil, Lawrence, and Orville and four sisters, Darlene, Joyce, Chistine and Marcella. He was buried at the Churchill Public Cemetery in Fallon NV.

Alta M. Newquist died April 12, 1999 in Greensburg, PA. She was the daughter of Frank and Emma (Shrum) Baughman. She is survived by two sons, Robert and Dale, a daughter, Donna Seamens, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Michael Misko, 81 years old, born September 06, 1917, died July 15, 1998 in Irwin, PA. He was the husband of Lila Mae Misko.

Katherine Elizabeth (Shrum) Hammer died April 26, 1998 in Sikeston, Scott County, MO at age 73. She was born February 19, 1925, and was a descendant of Nicholas-Pioneer to NC via his son from his first family, John Jacob Shrum. She is #1351 in the John Jacob Shrum Book.

Rodney Keith Shrum, age 40 of Little Rock, AR, died April 26, 1998 of natural causes. He was the son of Calvin S. Shrum and Clara Barnes Shrum and the GG-Grandson of Thomas L.D. Shrum. He is survived by one daughter, Jessica Tillery. He was buried at Ebenezer Cemetery, south of Fordyce, AR.

Delores Shrum Hue died January 20, 1998. She is the sister of Regina (Shrum) Daugherty and Mildred "Midge" (Shrum) Collier. Delores is #16630 in the Westmoreland Shrum Book.

TITUSVILLE, FL - Leona G. "Jackie" Jack, 92, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Vista Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Jack was born in McDonald, PA. She came to Brevard County in 1974 from East Liverpool, Ohio. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and North Brevard Senior Center. She enjoyed bingo. Survivors include her son William Shrum of Titusville, FL.

Lillie Etta Shrum Blaylock born 23 January 1905 in Perryville, Mo., died January 11, 1998 at Perryville Nursing Home. She was 92 years old. The daughter of James Marion and Rosa Byer (Myers) Shrum. She was united in marriage to Julius Spencer Blaylock on September 1, 1926. He preceeded her in death on November 26, 1975. She was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. Survivors are one son, Rev. Donald Blaylock of Hillsboro, MO and one daughter, Marie Lukefahr of Perryville, MO, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Preceeding her in death was one brother, Rev. Fred Shrum, 5 sisters, Annie Loberg, Effie Wills, Hazel Yamnitz, Lena Shrum, and Mary Statler. She died of pancreatic and liver cancer.

Reverand John C. Shrum, 76, of Festus, MO died 1-5-1997 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Nadine Yount Shrum, Lutz, FL, died December 19, 1997, age 77, widow of Lindell Frederick Shrum. Nadine died on her 77th birthday.

Ruth E. Shrum, Adamsburg, PA, died October 8, 1997, age 82

Emma Mae Shrum Gramlich, Jeannette, PA, died October 2,1997

James Russell Schrum died September 4, 1996, age 74

Wanda Holler Finger died September 21, 1996, age 54

Helen Shrum Brown died October 7, 1996, age 74

Burgin F. Shrum died November 8, 1996, age 87

Agnes Miller Shrum died December 27, 1996, age 90

Kermit Claude Caldwell died December 29, 1996, age 29

Murl Costner Shrum died February 26, 1997, age 83

Marie Williams Spencer died March 31, 1997, age 80

Margaret Shrum Helms died April 16, 1997, age 76

Virginia Lay Withers died May 14.1997, age 71

Neva Shrum died in May 1997, age 93

Verlin Davis Keener died June 22, 1997, age 87

Grace Schrum died July 6, 1997, age 76

Charles Orndorff died August 12, 1996

Virginia Coffelt Funkhouser died February 15, 1997

Irvin (Buck) Shrum, Woodstock, VA, died December 15, 1995

Guy Shrum, Indianapolis, IN, died July 12, 1996

Marvin F. (Tony) Burner, Woodstock, VA, died November 1, 1996

Clarence Granville Shrum, Edinburg, VA, died April 6, 1997

Gaither Shrum, Lincolnton. NC died September, 1995