MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 378
submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007
CHURCH – At the home of Mrs. S. A. Foulke, on east Third street, Sunday, June 18, 1893, WILLIE WOODWARD CHURCH, aged 15 years, 8 months and 27 days.
After a lingering illness the pure life of this young flower is taken by Him who gave it and she is reunited with her dear mother, who preceded her but ten days to the better land. Woodie was born in Muscatine, September 21, 1877, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Church. Her father died in her infancy and she was her mother’s companion during all her short life. In September, 1891, she went to North Carolina with her mother and her health has been failing ever since. She came back to Muscatine with her mother two months ago, but had since been confined to her bed. She was tenderly nursed, but the Reaper wanted another bright flower from the beautiful garden of childhood. A few months of suffering midst the aching hearts of loved ones and the slender thread snapped. The gentle child spirit has flown to the bosom of the Savior, who so loves to shelter His children, and thus is ended a summer’s journey on earth.
She is mourned by her grand parents and other relatives in Muscatine and in Aledo, Ills., and by many young and older friends, who knew her but to love her.
The funeral services will be held at the home of S. A. Fonlke, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E. C. Paget.
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