Bettie Bell Walden Obituary

Clark County Clipper, January 24, 1907


Bettie Bell Walden, was born near Mount Sterling, Switzerland county, Indiana, April 1, 1875.  She entered into rest at her home in Ashland, Kansas, January 21, 1907, at the age of 31 years, 9 months and 20 days.

The deceased was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan J. Walden, and was quite well known in Ashland and throughout Clark county, having come here with her parents from Indiana in November 1884.  She had a severe spell of sickness when she was quite young and has never been stout, but never complained of her condition, always trying to cheer and comfort others who were more afflicted.  About the first of November she began to fail and in December she had to take to her bed where she was confined until death relieved her of her suffering.  In spite of her suffering, when she realized it was impossible for her to get well and that she would not live long, she made all the plans as to how she wanted to be laid away.  The cause of her death was Bright's disease with a complication of troubles.

She united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Ashland when she was thirteen years of age.  She lived a devout and consistent member of the Methodist church until she united with the Presbyterian church in 1893.

The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church where a host of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.  Rev. George Watts preached the funeral sermon and among other nice things said:

"Miss Walden loved the work of the master and took great delight in His service.  Her attendance at church, Sunday school and prayer meeting, in her emaciated and enfeebled condition was a rebuke to many in sound health who were careless about their work for the Lord.  She was an efficient and successful Sunday school teacher and was very much interested in Sunday school work.  She had held various offices in the Clark County Sunday School Association, and during the last year was its devoted president.  Her earthly labors are ended, she had felt the last touch of pain, the last sorrow has been experienced by her, she is not dead, she has just begun to love and the morning of an everlasting day has dawned upon her redeemed spirit."

She leaves a mother, two brothers, and a sister to mourn for her, her father having died last May.  She as well as the family have numerous friends who extend their sympathy in this their sad bereavement.

The remains were laid to rest in the Ashland cemetery. 

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 13, 2005.

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