|Jennie Lind Roach Hartt. born on September 17, 1898, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the eldest daughter of Richard and Cornelia Roach's family of 11 children.
Jennie grew up in a Christian family in the Green Lake district of Seattle, where she attended school up to the high school grades. At an early age, Jennie came to know Jesus as her Savior and yielded her life to him. In 1914, she met David Roy Hartt at a Christian conference in Tacoma. They were married of April 7, 1918, in Seattle. From their union, seven children were born - five in Washington State and two in California. While raising the family, Jennie and Roy were active in Christian ministries - mainly the
fellowship of the Plymouth Brethren Assemblies.
After living in Seattle and Bremerton, Washington, the family lived in Stockton and Los Angeles, California. Then, for about a year, they lived in Reno, Nevada. From there, it was back to Sacramento and San Francisco, California. In 1935, the family moved to Spokane, Washington, then west to Silverdale to a home that Jennie and Roy had visited years earlier (around 1918 or 1919 - early in their marriage).
In 1937, Dan Roach, Jennie's brother, went up to Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, to attend Prairie Bible Institute, and, in 1938, David Hartt left home to also attend PBI. The missionary emphasis of the school and the personal ministry of L.E.Maxwell greatly challenged Jennie to invest her life in some ministry for the Lord and missions. Finally, she and Roy made the decision to sell the place in Silverdale, Washington, and move to PBI.
During the summer of 1944, Jennie and Roy (along with Jennie's sister Nina and her husband Clarence Mumford, and their daughters) moved to Three Hills. Within a year, they became members of the staff at the Prairie Bible Institute. From 1944 until 1985, they were active members of the staff there. In 1984, Jennie moved into the Extended Care Unit of the Three Hills Health Care Centre, and in 1985, Roy joined her where they have continued until she passed away in 1990.
Four of Jennie's seven children have served on the mission field. In 1941, David went to Haiti and Guadeloupe and he is still serving actively in missionary service. In 1948, Margaret went to Portugal where she and her husband are currently serving. Bradford went to Cuba in 1948 and is currently serving a Spanish Church in Washington. Charlotte went to Irian Jaya in 1956 where she and her husband are presently serving.
Jennie, during her time of service at Prairie was a "mother" to many students who, during their time at PBI, found a home away from home with Mother Hartt. She worked for years at the laundry of the Institute.
Fishing was a great joy to Jennie. The "fishing bug" bit her rather late in life, but she and Roy spent many pleasant hours camping and fishing at the local hot trout spots.
Jennie was pre-deceased by three brothers and two sisters, one granddaughter, and one great grandchild.. Jennie is survived by her husband, D.R.Hartt, and seven children: David Hartt and his wife, Irma, of Abbotsford, B.C.; Richard Hartt and his wife Jean, of Pasadena, California; Jean Denton and her husband, Don, of Pittsburg, California; Margaret Grewell and her husband, Russell, of Porto, Portugal; Bradford Hartt and his wife, Ruth, of Seattle, Washington; Charlotte Griffiths and her husband, Richard, of Manokwari, Irian Jaya; Joseph Hartt and his wife, Brita, of Denver, Colorado; plus 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, four sisters and one brother.
To see a page dedicated to Jennie's husband, David Roy Hartt, and their families click here.
Contributed by Brad Hartt in Washington|