Death of Eliza Ann Chastain
Eliza Ann Chastain was born in Putnam County, Indiana, March 3, 1838,
and died at her home in Eden township August 23, 1911, at the age of 73
years, 5 months, and 20 days. She came with her parents to Decatur County
in the year 1855. She lived with them on the home place until the year
1884 when the family moved to Leon. After the death of her parents, Levi
and Louisa Chastain, she continued to live in Leon and opened up her home
to several lady teachers at various times, furnishing to them a pleasant
home. Later she moved out to Willie Walton's where she lived for about
three years and then with her sister, Mrs. Mary Walton, moved to their
present home. When deceased was about three years old she contracted a
fever, which left her a cripple for life. She became a Christian, making
the good confession in her father's home under the preaching of J.C. Porter
and was baptized in the year 1859. For more than 50 years she has been
faithful to her Lord and Master, growing stronger!
in the faith as the years have come and gone. Her life was altruistic. She found a joy in doing good to others. Even in the last few weeks of her life, though weakened and emaciated with disease, she did not forget to express her appreciation of the kind deeds of neighbors and friends. Her last illness lasted for about two months after which she was called up higher.
She leaves to mourn her departure one sister and one brother, (one sister and one brother having preceded her) two sisters-in-law, nine nephews and eight nieces besides a host of friends, all of whom testify of her love and faithfulness.
The funeral service was conducted at her late home southeast of Leon,
Thursday afternoon at 2:30, by Rev J. S. Coffin, pastor of the Leon Christian
Church after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Chastain
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