Edythe Josephine Marston, 100Published 6:27pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Born: Feb. 6, 1912
Died: Dec. 2, 2012
Edythe Josephine Marston, 100, long-time Cass Street resident in Niles died at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at West Woods of Niles following a brief illness.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1912, in Marcellus to Elmer and Opal (Thorpe) Brown. She graduated from Niles High School and has lived on Cass Street in Niles most of her life. As a young lady, she was employed at the former Montgomery Ward & Company store in Niles, served as the company nurse to the former Tyler Refrigeration of Niles and, during World War II, was employed by the bureau of weights and measures to ensure proper rationing and distribution. She was also a Blue Star Mother with a son serving in the U.S. Navy.
Josephine participated at the Niles Senior Center, especially enjoying the bingo games. She tended a home greenhouse and garden and, as an artist, captured still-life and landscapes in oil, watercolor and pastels. She also enjoyed traveling, finding adventure in the journey and her greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother.
On March 3, 1930, in Niles, she married Joseph F. Marston with whom she celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding prior to his death on Jan. 20, 1981. She was also preceded in death by their son, Joseph Edward Marston; their daughters, Priscilla Ann Smith and Margaret Elaine Marston; a daughter-in-law, Diana (Mrs. Joseph) Marston; and Josephine’s brother, Richard Brown.
Surviving family includes a son and a daughter, David (and Marcia) Marston and Deborah S. (and Joseph) Shelton, both of Niles; grandchildren, Mike Marston, Julie (and Jeff) Herrmann, Rebecca (and Chad) Geister, Caralyn Shelton, Cathy Smith, David G. Smith, Jeff Smith, and James (and Paula) Marston; many great-grandchildren; and Josephine’s brother and sisters, Harry (and Irene) Brown, Frannie (and Jim) Shively, both of Three Rivers, and Kay Tobin, of Texas; and a sister-in-law, Opal (Mrs. Richard) Brown, of Three Rivers; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Edythe Josephine Marston will be at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Robert E. Jackson of the First Church of God in Niles officiating. Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.
The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Josephine may be made to Pet Refuge.