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
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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