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Mary J. Drake


Posted By: Renee Rimmert (email)
Date: 11/7/2021 at 21:46:43

Industrial Iowegian
Friday, July 6, 1883
Page 3

In Memoriam

The ___ sad death of Mrs. Mary J. Drake has cast such a dark cloud over all hearts; and with those loved ones we mourn with deep, sad silent grief. We knew her only a short time, but to lover - as our mother. She was ever and always the same wholesome, unaffected, plain, kindly sympathetic, unpretentious woman, who in her daily walks won the hearts of many. She surrounded herself with such a comfortable atmosphere of domesticity, that one felt like telling her about one's troubles or pleasures for we felt assured if we did, she would listen with real genuine interest and soothe one's distress, or rejoice in one's good tidings. The memory of her noble christian life, purity of character, and simplicity of heart, shall be tenderly enshrined in the hearts of all with whom it was heard to mingle from day to day. We were of the happy number who only two weeks before - on the same day of the funeral - met in Gen. Drake's home to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Jennie. Oh! what happiness prevailed on that eve! but two weeks only have elapsed - and alas! what bitter sorrow pervades the air around that once so perfectly happy home! how many hearts are bleeding at every pore! Can we fathom the depths of bitter anguish, of which the sorrow bowed husband and grief-stricken children are the subjected. No one but but Him "who is mighty to save and can all our sorrows heal." All friends ___ in sympathy with those who bear a lasting grief - and are left victims of the deepest despair. May each member of her family and friends, be us thoroughly prepared, when their summons shall surely come, to enter the Golden Paved Mansion of eternal rest as was she, whom our Father in Heaven saw fit to remove from our midst. All who witnessed her sweet calm countenance, even for one __ were completely disarmed and became her friend. In reality she is not dead, but sleepeth; and while her weeping family and friends are deeply mourning her very sudden departure, and their souls Gethsemane at times seems a burden more than they can bear - She - the wife, the mother, the sister, the friend, in all her angelic parity, is beckoning to them from the battlements of Heaven to come up higher, and there awaiting them O Joy! will be the "Angel Mary" with "The Beautiful Gates Ajar." We say to bereaved ones that you must consider what is your loss, is her gain. And forget not, that we are of the earth verily, and that all is transitory in this "Veil of Tears." Husband, children, remember - death, cruel monster - to your beloved wife and darling mother, is only a journey to the Father, a chariot of Heaven, a true deliverance from bondage, a security from all sorrows, the haven of Heaven, the beginning of her eternal and perfect bliss with Christ. While her dear from now molders 'neath the sod, you may know that her sainted spirit rests in the "Home Over There." To the dear ones, we say, if possible, try to raise your sad heart's desires to Him who held "the rod" and your Saviour will whisper "Mine and Thine."

Grieving husband, cease your sorrow,
Children o'er your mother no longer weep;
She hath left this world of sorrow,
He giveth His beloved sleep.

Brothers, sisters, grieve for her no longer,
Loved ones, dry your bitter tears;
And her bright example follow,
Through life's remaining years.

Farewell mother, we will miss thee,
None to us can take thy place;
But we fret thou'rt safe in Heaven,
And we'll say "Requeisent in pace."

A Friend


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