Edith Louise (Martin) Roth

Edith Louise (Martin) Roth, 98, of Farmington, IA, passed away Wednesday May 3, 2023 at her home after a long struggle with dementia.

Edith was born August 2, 1924 in rural Lee County Iowa, to Oka and Mattie (Grelk) Martin.  She was the youngest of five siblings: Myrtle, Hillis, Warren, and Glenn, all who preceded her in death.

She attended many different county schools as her family moved a lot.  She started working as a young girl: baby siting, doing chores for neighbors, waitressing, and learning many different skills.  She even volunteered in helping build many buildings around the area.

Edith married Irvin Henry Roth in Kahoka, MO July 4, 1943.  They were blessed to be married 77 years and had two daughters, Cheryl Roth DeMoss and Linda Roth Fraise.  Linda passed away with cancer in 2003 and Irvin passed in 2021 at age 100.

Edith and Irvin worked their own farmland that had been in the family over 100 years, which they were very proud of.  In their younger days, they milked their own cows, raised calves, hogs, chickens, rabbits, and sheep.  They planted corn, soybeans, oats, and hay.  They raised big gardens, did a lot of canning, and Edith always cooked meals for family, friends, and neighbors.

Edith also had several jobs off the farm.  She worked for Sheller Globe in Keokuk, was a cook for the Harmony High School, and retired from Sheaffer Pen Co. in Ft. Madison.

The family made many memories going on road trips.  Seeing many states and sights in their pickup trucks with toppers and also a tent or two.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, camping, and being outdoors. She had a great talent at doing about anything she tried and fixing things.


Edith is survived by her daughter, Cheryl DeMoss of Farmington, son-in-law Alfred Fraise of Farmington, four grandchildren Aaron DeMoss, Tammy DeMoss, Heath (Jacki) Fraise, Brett Fraise, two great grandchildren Sydney DeMoss, Tanner DeMoss, and three step great grandchildren Sam Weber, Josie Johnson, and Lucas Johnson. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, one daughter, and one grandson at birth.


Friends may call from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington, where the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. that afternoon.


A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2023, in Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington, with Reverend Gordon Hawkins officiating.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greenglade Cemetery or Every Step Hospice.


On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com. Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.