March 9, 1872
BARBER, MRS. SARAH A. - At her
residence in Troy, Ohio, Feb. 17th, 1872, Mrs. Sarah A. Barber in the 67th year
of her age. She was born in Centerville, Montgomery county, O., but at a
very early period in her life she removed to Lost Creek township, in Miami
county, where she united with
the Lost Creek Baptist Church when she was but nine years of age.
For the last 44 years she has resided in Troy where she has honored her
profession by a conscientious, zealous life as a member of her chosen church.
She lived to weep at the grave of her parents, husband and three children, and
many loved ones beside. She was a conscientious Christian woman, and
lived mostly for others. She was a "nursing mother" in the
church, and never so happy as when her Master's cause prospered. She was a
zealous worker "and mother to all," said one on the day of her
funeral. Always in her place, when able, at the house of prayer, rejoicing
with the saints and weeping and praying for the salvation of her neighbors.
She was a great sufferer during the last year of her life; but the cheerfulness
and Christian fortitude with which she submitted was proof that she had a secret
fountain from which she brought her supply--a well of living water within.
The church has lost a jewel, the community, a warm hearted friend, and children
an affectionate mother. Her work is done; and she has passed through
the gate of death to her inheritance above. She "fell asleep" as
one weary of weeping, turns to rest in a mother's arms. Beloved friends
hush all wishes. God has sweetly interposed and his touch is love.
She whom you loved longed for infinite solace, and could be content with no
earthly covert. Wandering in quest of peace, she found none till she burst
from that fainting body. She is with the Lord of peace. There the
weary are at rest. Jesus, whom she loved, met her, not earlier than we
expected with the kiss of peace. He stooped to wipe the moisture of
weariness and pain from her brow. Out of that last fatal swooning, He has
taken her in His arms. He said to her, "Mary," and she answered,
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