Addie Ethel Larabee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Venton Larabee was born near Krebs, in Choctaw Nation Feb. 9th, 1891. Died in Arnett at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. C. Derrick, Aug. 10th 1913, aged 22 years, 3 months and 1 day.
The most of her childhood was spent at Bridgeport, and Geary, Oklahoma. At the age of 16 she moved with her parents to Day co. where she graduated and received her diploma. After this she attended school in Arnett one year.
She was a very positive and determined girl and made friends everywhere. She held the position as one of Ellis Counties teachers for two years, it was during her last school that her health was broken and she was compelled to surrender the school before the term was finished. Since which time her health has been gradually failing. She was converted during the series of meeting held at the Methodist church last winter in Arnett and united with the same church, she has lived a careful and consistent Christian life from that time till her death. It was during this meeting that the old characteristic of positiveness and determination presented itself again. She was determined to have all that Christianity had for her. On one of the fast-days of the church Addie entered the fast with her own free will and during this day she found the desire of her soul. In a conversation with her sister she said, "I have always prayed to get well that I might do some good, I have so much to do, but now I am perfectly satisfied, if it is Gods will I am ready to go." In a conversation the day she died, she said, "My condition does not worry me, not a bit, that has all been settled."
During the last day of her sickness we watched by her bed and tried to administer relief but of no avail. At 3 p.m., she said, "Let me rest, it is no use, I am too weak". She bore her suffering patiently, not a word of complaint was heard by any one. Her strength failed rapidly and at 10:30 p.m., her light in this world went out like you would blow out a candle. Peacefully and quietly without a struggle her soul took its flight to be with the angels.
Funeral service was held at the Methodist church as 3:00 p.m., Monday August 11th, conducted By Rev. G. A. Strouse, after which interment was made in the DeBolt cemetery.
Submitted by: Richard Gordon
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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