Decatur County Journal
March 4, l909
MISS NELLIE M. JOHNSON, daughter of PARIS F. and LILLIE GAMMILL JOHNSON,
was born in Leon, Decatur County, Iowa, December l2, l890, and died at
the home of her father in Perry, Okla., February 24, l909, aged l8
years, 2 months and l2 days.
February l2, l89l, her mother died. Her Grandmother JOHNSON took her
and she lived with them most of the time until her Grandmother's death
in l903. NELLIE then came to Oklahoma to her father's home where she
has since lived, except two school years spent in Stillwater, where she
was with Grandpa BULLOCK. In the Tabor neighborhood she was known as
DOLLY, and had many friends who will sincerely mourn her early death.
She was converted during the protracted meeting held near Tabor by
Evangelist, Elder and Father Samson, of Van Wert, Iowa, in l899, and has
ever since been a faithful, consistent Christian girl. After coming to
Oklahoma, she united with the Baptist Church and at the time of her
death was organist for that Sunday School and B.Y.P.U. Services.
She was sick with typhoid fever two weeks. All that skill or nursing
could do was done, but to no avail. She leaves father, mother, three
sisters and five brothers, and many friends and relatives to mourn her
sudden departure. She was a member of the senior class of the Perry
High School. Her classmates were pall bearers and the school attended
in a body. Her oldest brother, ROBERT B., was so low at the time with
typhoid that no services could be held at the house. NELLIE will be
greatly missed in the home, school and church. Yet, we sorrow not as
those without hope, for we know she has joined the grandparents, mother
and sister who have preceded her, and that they will be there to greet
us as we pass over the silent river of death.
The funeral text was the same used for each of the Grandparents JOHNSON,
found in Psalms 96:l2 "So teach us to number our days that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom," and given by the Pastor, Rev. J.E. Eldredge, of
Perry Okla. We do not know why this cross was placed, but that it may
bear fruit for eternity was the prayer of the Pastor.
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