Emma Elizabeth Hershey

Emma Elizabeth Hershey

Female 1881 - 1939  (58 years)

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  • Name Emma Elizabeth Hershey 
    Born 11 Aug 1881  Boyertown, Berks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Dec 1939  Buenes Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pehuajo Cemetery Buenos Aires Capital Federal Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272008482421  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2013 

    Father Jacob Mellinger Hershey,   b. 11 Mar 1855, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1923, LaJunta, Otero County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Emma Eby,   b. 03 Jul 1861, Intercourse, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1944, LaJunta, Otero County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1880  Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F557254815  Group Sheet

    Family J W Shank,   b. Unknown 
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F246729425720  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Aug 1881 - Boyertown, Berks County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Dec 1939 - Buenes Aires, Argentina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pehuajo Cemetery Buenos Aires Capital Federal Argentina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Emma Hershey Shank.  Caption: 1969. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Pehuajo Mennonite Church, Albano Luayza, left, and Raul Garcia, right, gathered with others around the tomb stone of Emma Hershey Shank, the first Mennonite missionary to die in Argentina in 1939.

Citation: Mennonite Board of Missions. Photographs. Argentina, 1960's and 70's. IV-10-7.2 Box 1 folder 44, photo #4. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.
    Emma Hershey Shank. Caption: 1969. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Pehuajo Mennonite Church, Albano Luayza, left, and Raul Garcia, right, gathered with others around the tomb stone of Emma Hershey Shank, the first Mennonite missionary to die in Argentina in 1939. Citation: Mennonite Board of Missions. Photographs. Argentina, 1960's and 70's. IV-10-7.2 Box 1 folder 44, photo #4. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.
    Photo from Mennonite Church USA Archives

  • Notes 
    • Shank. Emma Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob M. and Mary (Eby) Hershey, was born at Buyerstown, Pa., Aug. 11, 1881; died in the British Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 28, 1939; aged 58 y. 4 m. 17 d. Her early years were spent near Buyerstown. The family moved to Palmyra, Mo., when she was about 12 years old. She began her career as public school teacher at the early age of 17. This work she continued for 11 years. In between her years of teaching, she left her profession to study in college, completing the Junior College course in 1909. It was while in college that she had been asked to consider accompanying Sister Elsie Drange (Mrs. J. N. Kaufman) to mission work in India, but later the Lord opened the way to enter the Argentine field. How beautiful that the two who had been college mates and had, more or less, the same ideals and vision of life work, should be called to be with the Lord so close together! Aug. 11, 1910, she was married to J. W. Shank and shortly thereafter moved with him to Nebraska, where Bro. Shank was teaching in High School. The following two years, while her husband traveled in South America and among the churches in the United States and Canada in the interests of the South American Mission, she lived at home with her parents and was occupied teaching school.
      In 1917, the time having arrived for the opening of the South American Mission, she with her husband and two children sailed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, in company with the Hershey family. Thus she gave a little over 22 years of service to the Lord's work. During this time she won a great many friends who believed in her sincerity of purpose and admired her devoted life. She was looked upon by all as an ideal mother, not only to her own children but to orphaned children and to young people.
      She leaves her husband and three children: Elsie Lois, Mrs. Castillo, of Chicago, b. June 1, 1911; Robert Josephus of New York, b. March 19, 1914; and Paul Domingo, in school at Hesston College, b. Apr. 24, 1921. There remain also her aged mother (Mrs. J. M. Hershey of La Junta, Colo.), 2 sisters, 4 brothers, and 1 grandchild. Her father and 1 brother preceded her. She was buried in the Pehuajo Cemetery, where the Argentine Mennonite Mission was started 20 years ago. Services in charge of T. K. Hershey and N. Litwiller, assisted by others of both missionaries and nationals.



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