October 25, 1900
Jean Freeman, second daughter of S.
R. and Frlzca Fergus, was born July 25th, 1886, and departed this life October
18th, 1900, aged 14 years, and was buried Oct. 20. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. Hale of Dayton and the interment was at Bethel
Cemetery. Her sickness was of a short duration. Everything was done
that love and medical skill could dictate, but heart failure set in and Jean's
sweet soul passed from its fair earthly temple unto the God who gave it, a
precious jewel to shine as a bright star in Heaven Forevermore, leaving a memory
so sweet, without spot or blemish that her loved ones feel,
T'is better to have loved and lost,
The beautiful flowers, fitting emblems of her life, tributes of admiring friends, were
tenderly placed about her, lovely roses and carnations, she lying among them
like a pure white, stately lily, the fairest flower of all, gathered home by the
Savior's hand to rest in his bosom through all eternity. Her sweet life
and character are known to the whole community, where she lived; where
"none knew her but to love her." Jean's character was an
exceptionally bright, happy and pure one. So tender and loving in the home
circle, so bright winsome and affectionate among her companions, so kind and
sweet to her elders, so thoughtful of others, so forgetful of self. Her
personality touched everyone with whom she came in contact The emanation
of a pure loving heart constantly surrounded her. She lived her love for
her Master daily, by word and deed. She crowded a whole life of sweetness
in a few short years.
Then never to have loved at all."
Over the river the boatman pale
Has carried another, our household pet.
Her brown curls waved in the golden light,
Darling Jean, I see her yet.
She crossed on her breast, her dimpled hands,
And fearlessly entered the phantom bark!
We watched her glide o'er the silver sand,
And all our sunshine grew strangely dark.
We know she's safe on the other shore,
Where all the ransomed and angels be,
Over the river, the mystic river,
Your Darling's an Angel waiting for thee.
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