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Josephine Edella Clark
June 12, 1913 ~ April 20, 1917
The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, May 10, 1917, Page 5
On Friday evening, April 20, 1917, just as the evening shadows were falling, the sweet spirit of little Josephine Clark was borne from this life into the realms eternal.
Although young in years her sweet childish way had entwined the heart-strings of all her relatives and friends who join with the parents in the expression of sorrow at the loss of such a tender bud of promise which the world so sadly needs.
Yet they mourn not as those who have no hope for the Saviour said: "Suffer little children unto me," and "Except ye become as a little child ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."
The immediate relatives left to mourn their great grief are the father and mother, her little sister Ariel and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hill of Decatur, Iowa.
Josephine Edella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, was born near Decatur City, Iowa, on June 12, 1913 and was of the tender age of three years, ten months and eight days. Her whole life had been spent in Iowa except four short weeks which were spent in her new home near Dwyer, Wyoming.
Although Mr. and Mrs. Clark had been in their new home hardly four weeks, yet they could not have asked for kinder friends and neighbors who offered every assistance possible, and by their aid and sympathy were a great consolation in the hour of great bereavement.
On Tuesday, April 24th at 2 p. m. the funeral services were held at Dwyer, being conducted by Rev. Wade, pastor of the M. E. church at Wheatland. He chose for his text "It is well," from II Kings, and he spoke very comfortingly to the bereaved, concerning the welfare of the children who are always safe in the arms of Jesus.
The music was beautiful and appropriate to the occasion, and the floral tokens were beautiful. After the service at the church was concluded the funeral cortege wound its way to the beautiful plot known as the Dwyer cemetery, and there all that was mortal of little Josephine was tenderly laid to rest in the little white lined grave, there to await the final resurrection when all may meet her in that glad reunion where no parting nor sorrow ever comes, and all is life and light around the throne eternal.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2017