|Jennings, Alma Marie|
Alma Marie Fish, oldest daughter of Loyd and Clara (Smith) Fish of near Mt. Moriah was born July 2, 1925, near Martinsville, Mo. and died August 29, 1946 at Bethany, Mo. at the tender age of 21 years one month and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to Paul Kenneth Jennings of Bethany on June 9, 1944. To this union one son was stillborn on August 29, 1946 as her life slowly ebbed away. It was named Paul Kenneth, Jr.
Alma became a member of the Mt. Olive Christian Church where she was baptized August 24, 1941 by the Rev. O.D. Hedges, and where she remained a faithful member until the end. All that knew Alma loved her. She had a sweet personality and always wore a beautiful smile for everybody. She made friends wherever she went and always kept them. She taught school for two terms while her husband was in the Navy. The children all loved her. Her great joy in life was buying little gifts and helping others to make them happy.
She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted husband, Paul; her parents Mrms Loyd Fish, three sisters and two brothers, Clella Mae, Virgie, Pauline and Truman of the home and Alva in the South Pacific in the army. Grandparents, Mrsms Henry Smith of Ridgeway, Mrs. Sam Fish of Eagleville. Grandpa Fish whom Alma loved dearly, preceded her in death June 1, 1945. A host of other relatives and friends also survive. Alma will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A double funeral service was held Sunday Sept. 1 at the Christian Church in Bethany by the Rev. O.D. Hedges assisted by the Rev. Huell Warren, pastor. The church was filled with relatives and friends and the casket that held the mother and baby was banked with beautiful flowers. Clark Foutch of Ridgeway sang "Does Jesus Care?" and "Going Down the Valley". The flower girls were school mates of Alma's. Pall bearers were Dollie, Darrel and LaVern Jennings and Wilbur, Clayton and Raymond Martin. She was laid to rest in Miriam Cemetery.
Source: Newspaper clipping in the personal papers of Clara E. Fish