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THE WESTERN STAR, 9 June 1944
Obituary of JOHN T. MARIS
DEATH COMES TO A PIONEER CITIZEN

John T. Maris Passes Away At The Age of Ninety-three.

John T. Maris, who had been a president of Comanche county most of the time since 1885, 59 years ago, passed away peacefully on Friday of last week at the home of his son, Walter T. Maris, in Protection. He had been ill only a short time.

Funeral services were held in the Coldwater Methodist church Sunday afternoon and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Major W. Parker, assisted by Rev. G. E. Heltmeyer, pastor of the Protection Methodist church, Rev. Parker used as his text: Proverbs 10:7 - "The memory of the just is blessed."

Mrs. Gurney Hadley and Marvin Plank sang "Near to The Heart of God," "God's Way Is The Best Way" and "Beyond the Sunset." There were many floral offerings. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery. The pall bearers
were Melvin Maris, Rolleigh Maris, Vaughn Coles, Ray Burditt and Frank and Ivan Hadley.

John T. Maris, son of William O. and Mary Maris, was born near Sylvania, Ind., April 29, 1851, and passed away at the home of his son, Walter T. Maris in Protection, Kansas, June 2, 1944, at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 3 days.

His early life was spent on a farm and he obtained his education at the Friends school near his home. After he became of age he worked for several years for one of the leading carpenters and contractors in the community and thus became quite proficient as a carpenter. He was always a careful and competent workman.

On April 23, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss Emma Hadley who preceded him in death on January 19, 1912. To this union were born nine children, four sons and five daughters, all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood.

Mr. Maris moved with his family to Comanche County in the fall of 1890 and settled on a farm two miles west of Coldwater which he preempted from the U. S. government in 1885. This place he improved and operated for several years and also did carpenter work at times. He finally sold it and moved to Coldwater and devoted his entire time to his trade.

He was a life-long and consistent member of the friends church except for a few years in the Methodist church in Coldwater, Kans. He was a loyal American citizen, deeply interested in the welfare of the government, and a man of high moral ideals and Christian integrity - strictly fair and honest in all his business relations.

Though he was quite young when his mother died his early training was carefully guarded by a gentle and loving step mother.

Since his health began to fail he had lived with his children. He had not been dangerously ill until about a week before his death, when he was suddenly taken worse; and not withstanding the faithful care and
ministration of loved ones and the faithful services of his physician, he failed to rally.

Mr. Maris is survived by one sister, Mrs. Deborah J. Wilkey of Pawnee, Okla.; one half sister, Mrs. Lindus Hadley, Tangier, Ind.; one half brother, Dr. J. A. Maris, Long Beach, Calif.; four sons, Burton W. Maris of Magazine Ark., Rev. Oscar M. Maris of Grant, Nebr., and W. Ralph and Walter T. Maris of Protection, Kans.; also two daughters, Mrs. O. J. Newlin of Lloydminister, Sask., Canada, and Mrs. Arthur J. White, Coldwater, Kansas, besides 32 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, and numerous other friends and relatives.

Mrs. Wilkey, Mr. Maris' eldest sister, who was three years older than her brother, John passed away three days after J. T. Maris' death. Her burial was in Independence, Kans., on Wednesday of this week.
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Among the out of county relatives who attended the J. T. Maris funeral in this city on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Maris of Rice County, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Maris of Wichita and Mrs. Martha Carstenson and sons, Wayne and Lyle of Marquette.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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