submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007

October 16, 1901 (hand written)

The many friends of MISS ANNA RICE will be pained to learn of her death at St. Luke’s hospital, in Davenport. She went to Davenport last Tuesday afternoon in company with her mother and oldest sister, Mrs. Geo. Baker, where she submitted to an operation last Wednesday, as a result of which she passed away yesterday afternoon at two o’clock. Her father had gone to Davenport Saturday and remained until yesterday morning, when he returned at 7:25, reporting that while she was no better she was no worse, so that the telegram in the afternoon announcing her death was a sad shock to all. Her mother and sister were with her when the death angel came. She had been a member of the Methodist church since she was sixteen years old, and was also a member of the Epworth League and Young Ladies’ Missionary Society, in all of which societies she was an active and beloved worker, enjoying the love and esteem of a large circle of friends.

Miss Anna Rice was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Rice, having been born in Lake township on December 16th, 1866, where she lived until ten years ago, when she came to this city, where she has since made her home. This is the first break in the family circle of five children, those remaining to mourn her early death being Mrs. George Baker and Mrs. John Baker, of Lake township, Wilson Rice, of this city, and Miss Hattie Rice, who lives with her parents on Third street. The remains were bought to the city last night.

At Rest

All that was mortal of the late Anna Rice was laid in the tomb yesterday. Many sympathizing friends met at her late home on Third street at 2 o’clock, where the funeral services were most solemnly and earnestly conducted by her late pastor, Dr. Stafford, of the First M. E. church. He began by reading the Twenty-third Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want,” after which he offered an earnest prayer. The theme of his discourse was, “The House Not Made with Hands,” the text being Second Corinthians, 5-1st. The speaker dwelt upon the true Christian character and helpful Christian work of the deceased; that for her was the promise of the home eternal in the heavens; that her life and faith had been such that she had the perfect assurance that she should inherit eternal life, that she should awake in His likeness, in the tabernacle in the heavens; that the one who has gone had come into her life in Diving presence; that she saw the King in His beauty. He who said I am the resurrection and the life, who holds the keys of life and death, had assured her in His Divine Word that there was a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens that was her inheritance; that when He lived she should live also, for He had said, I go to prepare a place for you. Let not your hearts be troubled. She has read and understood these words. He has taken away the sting of death, and she shall be raised a spiritual body. I would not say to the friends weep not, for Jesus wept with sisters of Laserus, but turn your attention to the beyond, beyond the tears and sorrow you will see the loved one.

Prayer was again offered.

There were many flowers, testifying to the loving remembrance of friends. The pall-bearers were H. H. Arnold, A. Millett, J. L. Hoopes, R. S. Holmes, Prof. Chas. Grade, and Secretary Nevius. The interment was at Greenwood.

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