CAKERICE, Eliza 1854-1941
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/28/2017 at 06:45:50
Mrs. Cakerice Dies Suddenly; Was Nearly 87
Mrs. J. H. Cakerice died quite suddenly at the home of her son Irve in Melrose township last Saturday. The end came without warning. Had she lived until next May she would have been 87 years old.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Earl M. Frantz were held at the Ivester church Monday. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Ivester cemetery.
The following obituary was read at the church service by the pastor:
Eliza Ann Slifer, daughter of Ezrum and Mary Slifer, was born May 16, 1854, in Ohio, and was one of a family of nine children, five of whom survive her: Mrs. Susan Hodge of Gainsville, Fla.; Theodore Slifer of Abilene, Kan.; Mrs. Gertrude Gilchrist of Fairfield, Iowa; Chas. Slifer of Conneaut, Ohio, and Mrs. Alma Kilmer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In early childhood she came with her parents to Lanark, Ill., where she lived until after her marriage.
On May 24, 1878, she was united in marriage to Rev. J. H. Cakerice at Lanark, Ill., where they established their home. Working as a farmer minister in the Brethren Church, they ministered to churches at several places in Iowa and Kansas. Mrs. Cakerice was a faithful companion and helper, sacrificing much for the good of her children and serving well, as a partner with her husband, in the activities of the church which she loved.
In the home of J. H. and Mrs. Cakerice six children were born, two of whom died in infancy and another, the oldest daughter, Mrs. Mary Pierce, having passed on April 1, 1919. The other three children, Harry, Mrs. Alice Vinton and Irvin, all of Grundy county, survive her. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as a host of relatives and friends who affectionately knew her as Grandma. A granddaughter, Lois Vinton, died Dec. 27, 1932.
On June 6, 1922, her companion passed to his reward, leaving her to spend the remaining days of her life with her children, who have given her a pleasant home and have done all that they could to make her years less lonely and more happy.
Mrs. Cakerice became a member of the Church of the Brethren when she was a young lady, and all through her life she has been a consistent and faithful Christian woman. She was deeply concerned about the progress of the church which she loved, although for the past several years she was unable to be active in its work. She was a woman of devotion and prayer and many times expressed herself feelingly about the welfare of the church and her fellowmen, especially about those who were very dear to her. Her deep concern for the church led her to an openness to the truths of the Kingdom and a willingness to cooperate with forward movements, even though they might be a bit different from her former ideals.
The Lord was gracious to her through a long and useful life. Her work was done and she was only waiting for the great change to come. On March 8, she very suddenly and quietly closed her eyes to this life, having lived nearly 87 years. She answered the call to the great beyond from which none ever return. She leaves behind her a record of a life well lived and a great challenge to those who come after her.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 13 March 1941, pg 12
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