Maria Louise Selders, who outlived all 11 of her siblings, is buried
in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 44 with her parents, Henry and Charlotte
Selders, and siblings Harry, George and H. Adella. Buried on
adjoining lots are her sisters, Matilda Risbeck and Margaret
The Selders family arrived in Lucas County from New Florence,
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with the Jacob Myers family,
and they lived always as neighbors in Sections 27 and 28 of Benton
Township, respectively, a few miles south of Salem Cemetery.
Maria Louise, who never married, was known universally
as Miss Lou in her younger years, and as Aunt Lou in old age.
Although Daniel Myers was only 2 when she died, he recalls
family conversations about her. His uncle, Raymond Myers,
purchased the Selders farm after Aunt Lou died, and demolished
the house, which Dad remembers as being surrounded by
flowers of all descriptions, upon it.
Much loved by her Risbeck and Johnston nieces and nephews,
who salvaged many of the flowering plants on the old homestead,
they erected on her grave a large granite stone in soft shades of
pink, perhaps reflecting the colors of some of the flowers she loved.
Maria Louise Selders
Maria Louise Selders was born on October 11th, 1845, in
Westmoreland county, Pa. She was the fourth daughter of Henry
and Charlotte Selders and remained the last of a family of
twelve children, all of whom with her parents have preceded her
to the Great Beyond. In the year 1868 she came with her
parents to Lucas county, Iowa, where she continued to reside.
She was converted at an early age and united with the United
Brethren church and has remained a zealous and faithful
Last August she went to Pennsylvania to attend a reunion of
the Selders families. While in the east she was taken seriously
ill with pneumonia at the home of her nephew, Robert
Johnston, where she passed away, Dec. 7th, 1916, aged 71
years, 1 month and 26 days. She leaves to mourn her death
three nieces, six nephews and a host of friends, to all of whom
the name, "Aunt Lou," will remain a sacred remembrance.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber;
Peaceful in thy grave so low -
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in Heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
Funeral services were held at the Salem church conducted
by Rev. Geo. J. Cornford of Albia, assisted by Rev.
Zike of Russell.
The Chariton Leader
14 December 1916