REYNOLDS, Sallie 1842-1927
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/13/2015 at 19:13:33
Old Resident Dies Thursday
Mrs. C. W. Reynolds Passes Away at Advanced Age
Mrs. C. W. Reynolds died at the home of her son, John H. Reynolds, last Thursday night following a short illness resulting from a stroke of paralysis. She was eight-five years old and she had been a continuous resident of Grundy Center for fifty-five years.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in this city last Saturday afternoon. The services were in charge of the local pastor, Rev. H. C. Chambers, assisted by Rev. F. O. Winslow, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was in the family lot in the Grundy Center cemetery.
"It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And, midst the brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God.
"It is not death to close
The eye long dimmed by tears,
And wake in glorious repose,
To spend eternal years.
"It is not death to bear
The wrench that sets us free
From dungeon chain, to breathe the air
Of boundless liberty.
"It is not death to fling
Aside this sinful dust,
And rise on strong, exulting wing
To live among the just.
"Jesus, thou Prince of Life,
They chosen cannot die!
Like Thee they conquer in the strife,
To reign with Thee on high."
With a faith amounting to a perfect trust in the great religious truth of God's revealed Word, as is oft-times expressed in language after the manner of the above, at about eight-thirty o'clock on Thursday evening, April 14th, the spirit of Mrs. Sallie M. Reynolds, tired and weary from the brief struggle against physical pain, took its departure from the house of clay, to be forever with the Lord.
Sallie M. Woodin, for such was her maiden name, was born in the state of Connecticut on the second day of June, 1842, and passed out of the body to enter into life eternal, from the home of her son, John Reynolds, with which family she had made her home of late. When she was but a very small girl she came with her parents up the Hudson River, through the Canal and the Great Lakes, to Chicago, and by team to Elkhorn Grove, Carroll county, Illinois, where she spent her girlhood days. She attended school at Mount Carroll, and after finishing her schooling she taught school for several years.
On December 3rd, 1872, she was united in marriage to Mr. Charles W. Reynolds, of Grundy Center, and together they came directly to this city, where she has lived continuously ever since. Out of this time, a few winters were spent in California and seven years were spent on the home farm, northeast of Grundy Center.
Among the activities of her life, Mrs. Reynolds was a charter member of the W.R.C. and held various offices in that organization until her withdrawal, after the death of her husband. She was likewise a charter member of the O.E.S.
For many, many long years, Mrs. Reynolds has been identified with the First Presbyterian church of Grundy Center, so long in fact that it seems an age. Her influence for good has always been a real power in this organization; even in her later years when she has been prevented, through the infirmities of age, to take the active part of former years, she has always expressed outwardly a smiling countenance and a word of cheer to others. Her face will be missed, particularly by her old friends who have learned to love her because of her sterling Christian qualities.
She leaves to mourn her departure three sisters, out of a family of twelve children: these are Mrs. Chloe Kinner, of Elberon, Iowa; Mrs. Hannah Dimon, Pasadena, California; and Mrs. Julia Landon, of Sunnyside, Washington. Two sons, John H. and N. W. Reynolds, together with their wives and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, besides a host of warm friends.
This is a story, in brief, of a life well lived; a life of sublime trust in the goodness and the mercy of a just God; who cares for the keeps those who put their trust in Him. While we are not permitted to retain our loved ones with us always, they live forevermore in the memory, and the good they have done in this life will bear fruit unto all eternity.
"Servant of God, WELL DONE.
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, the race is run,
And thou art crowned at last.
Of all thy heart's desire,
Lodged by the ministerial choir
In the Redeemer's breast."
Following were the out-of-town relatives at the funeral: Mrs. Grace Engel, Neal and George Dimon, Lanark, Ill.; Walter Woodin and son, Archie, of Eagle Point, Ill.; John Woodin and wife, Clarion, Ia.; Mrs. Luciel Struwe, Traer; Mrs. Guy Monroe, Elberon, Ia.; Hubert Kinner, Elberon; Alta M. Reynolds, Ames.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 April 1927, pg 1
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