The Houston Herald
The Houston Herald
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Description: Died - Mary WILLIAMS.

Date: September 25 1902

Newspaper published in: Houston, MO

Mary WILLIAMS, beloved wife of Thomas WILLIAMS, departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1902, at 9 o'clock p.m. at her home near Plato, Texas county, Mo. She suffered for one year from effects of typhoid fever. She lay with this fever for weeks, finally got able to be up and walk alone, made a few visits last spring and summer. She was taken worse two weeks before her death; heart failure and general debility were the cause of her death.

Her maiden name was Mary WHITE, born in Georgia May 21, 1829. She was the daughter of Joseph and Temperance WHITE. She moved with her husband from Indiana to Texas county in the year 1868. She and Thomas WILLIAMS were married in the year 1848, living together happily for 51 years.

There were born to them 10 children, 4 sons and 6 daughters, 77 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Her beloved and aged husband, one son, five daughters, three sons in laws, one daughter in law, pastor and wife were at her bedside when she breathed her last. The names of the children present were as follows: Newt WILLIAMS, Martha HENSON, Mary GEERS, Julia and Laura HICKS and Annie CHRISMON. Those five daughters were very faithful and kind to their mother all through her sickness, never tiring, stayed with her night after night for weeks and even months. Her son, Newt, was no less attentive; he has looked after father and mother for years to see that they were cared for.

Four of Mother WILLIAMS' children were no present when she died - three sons and one daughter; Louisa MAHAFA is in Texas, James, the second son, died 2 years ago, Robert, the third son, lives in North Mo., Joseph in Pulaski County, Mo. He came in time for the funeral.

She was a loving and faithful wife, a kind, good mother and a good, generous neighbor, never wanted any one to go from her house hungry. Not long before she died she told her daughters to cook plenty to feed all the people that were there. She did not want any to go from there to her funeral hungry.

She was a faithful member of Baptist church at Mt. Pisgah. She was baptized Oct., 1883, by Elder J. C. HICKS, who is the present pastor. The church has lost a faithful member. She never failed to fill her seat at her church, except hindered by sickness or otherwise. She said to the writer about 3 months ago, "I haven't been to my church for three months." She grieved more about being absent from the church than any other one thing. I have known her to attend night meetings and go home after church 8 miles. Oh, how faithful to the cause she espoused about 19 years ago.

She never got tired of serving her Lord. She had a strong desire to go to meet her Savior and be at rest. She would say all through her painful illness, "Let me die and go home and be with Jesus." Her last will and desire was for her unconverted children to make necessary preparation to meet her in Heaven, where parting is no more. Mother, daughters all belong to the church. This was a consoling thought.

Her husband was baptized with her and has lived a consistent Christian ever since. This too helped her to be happy. She said not long before she died "I shall not be here long and if I knew it was the time now I would clap my old hands for joy." She spoke to her pastor the evening she passed away to preach her funeral.

Not long before the end came, one of her daughters spoke of trying to make her bed better. She said, "never mind, Julia, Jesus can make a hard bed feel soft as down pillows are."

Had song and prayer at the family residence, son, "Why do we mourn departed friends?" She was then taken to Mt. Pisgah church. A large congregation of sorrowing relatives and friends followed. The funeral was preached by Rev. J. C. HICKS; text 14th chapter and 12th verse of Rev.; "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Song, "Thou are dear and justly dear." She was then laid to rest in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery to await the great day of the Lord."

A wreath of evergreens and flowers was presented by kind hands, while many sympathizing friends spoke words of encouragement to those bereaved.

To all those thoughtful friends and to those who rendered such valuable assistance during her sickness, the family desire to extend their most profound gratitude. Our mother and companion is gone; we sorrow for her, but not as those who do not expect to meet in heaven, for

Death shall not claim the immortal mind,
Let earth close o'er its sacred trust,
Yet goodness dies not in the dust.

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