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Softly and tenderly Jesus welcomed Martha Lou (Jewett) Elling to heaven on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

She was born Nov. 7, 1934, to Adelaine Mae (Myers) and Earnest Edward Jewett, moments after her twin sister Mary, in Santa Monica, California. Martha grew up in the San Fernando Valley with Mary and her older sister Nancy. She graduated from Hollywood High and UC Santa Barbara. As a PE teacher at Los Angeles Lutheran High School she attended a New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31, 1958, where she met Henry August Elling, a music teacher from Dominguez High School. They went to the Rose Bowl Parade together the next day and were married 361 days later on Dec. 27, 1959, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, California, by Henry’s father, the Rev. H.J. Elling. Henry persuaded Martha to move to his home state of Illinois in 1963 where she supported him as loving wife and mother to their four children. Their marriage lasted more than 50 years until Henry’s death Oct. 10, 2010. Staying in Chicago and Rockford for the majority of their adult lives, they camped across most of the United States with their children and shared three tours of Europe (two of them with dozens of Lutheran high school students in Henry’s choirs). Martha worked hard throughout her life for the good of her family. She always expected and sought the best effort from her children in school and in life, and was quick to reward accomplishment.

Martha joins her husband, Henry August; son, John Edward; her parents; sister, Nancy Dee Erday; and many in-laws (and outlaws) in God’s glory.

There she will wait somewhat impatiently for her sister, Mary Elizabeth Burrus Fidler of Hemit, California; in-laws, Robert and Joann Taube of Moline, Illinois; children, Henry Jewett (Cathy) Elling of Columbus, Suzanne (Rev. Gregory) Alms of Catawba, North Carolina, Kurt August (Jennifer) Elling of New York City, and daughter-in-law, Kerry Elling of Celebration, Florida. She wanted everyone to know how proud she was and always will be of her grandchildren, Amanda, Ajax, Emma, Hannah, Henry Craig, Katie (and her husband Jonathan Rudy), Lillie, Luiza, Mitchell, Natalie, Rebecca, and her great-granddaughter Miriam Louise Rudy.

A remembrance service will be held at a later date at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo, Illinois, with inurnment there in Oakwood Cemetery. For friends in the Columbus area an open house will be held at Henry and Cathy’s home on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.

We especially thank the gracious, loving and patient staff of At Home Again, Randolph Health Services, and Hillside Hospice for their time and efforts over the past four years.

Online condolences may be made at www.jensenfuneralandcremation.com.