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Catharine Echols

 
Paulding New Era
July 3, 1885
 
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In Memoriam. Entered into rest on the 7th of June, 1885 my beloved mother, Catharine Echols, aged 80 years, 5 months and 3 days. Since the death of her husband, my father, who died a little over two years ago, she has been gradually failing in health and strength, but quite so during this spring; but she was able to walk about the house until about four days before her death, and we hoped that she would regain her usual strength, but the Lord saw fit to order it otherwise. She was taken violently ill on the evening of the 3rd day of June, and the next morning seemed to be better; but she gradually grew weaker, until half after one o'clock Saturday night, when she passed form the stage of action, in a sweet sleep of death. She has gone to realize the strange realities of a world unknown to us. I remember when I was young, whenever ma would at any time be in feeble health, I would look into her face and hope that I would die before she would; but it pleased God to arrange it differently, and I am left here a poor orphan boy to think of the past and mourn over the death of my old father and mother, although I am over forty years old myself. She and father both belonged to the old school, or Primitive Baptist Church. At her burial Elder Isaac Moon was present and officiated. He made one of the ablest prayers that I ever heard, and have a comforting talk to us children, and to the friends of ma. She was baptized in the year 1848, by Elder Josiah Gresham, and remained a consistent member of that faith until her death. As a wife, she was faithful and kind, as a mother, she was all ____. Her death has left a loneliness in my house, but I would not wish her back in this ________. She leaves five children to mourn her death. T.R. Echols.



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