25 Oct 1900
One of the saddest events in the history of this community, was the death of Miss Jean Fergus, last Thursday morning. Miss Jean, though only fourteen years of age, was one of the most brilliant members of the Sophomore class, and by her amiable and lovable disposition, she won all the hearts, as if by magic. The funeral services were held at the home of her parents. Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Fergus near Phoneton, Saturday afternoon, Dr. Hale of Dayton conducting the services. The beautiful floral tributes and the visible emotion upon the faces of the large concourse of people present testified in a small degree to the deep feeling of love and respect with which she was regarded. The bereaved friends have the sympathy of the entire community.
Jean Freeman, second daughter of S.R. and Priscilla 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 internment was at Bethel Cemetery. Her sickness was of short duration. Everything was done that love and medical skill could dictate, but heart failure set in and Jean's sweet sole passed from its fair earthly temple unto the God who gave it, a precious jewel to shine as a bright star in the Heaven forevermore, leaving a memory so sweet, without spot of blemish that her loved ones feel.
"T'is better to have loved and lost
Then never have loved at all."
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 flowers of all, gathered home by the Savior's hand to rest in his bosom through all eternity.
1 Nov 1900
Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove our sister, Jean Freeman Fergus, we deem it just that a recognition of her virtues should be had, therefore be it:
Resolved, By the Y. P. S. C. E. of Bethel Church of Phoneton, Ohio, that while we bow in humble submission to the will of God, that in the death of Jean, that this society laments the loss of an associate member, whose smiling face was so often seen in our midst and whose voice was always heard in the songs of praise. Resolved, that we as young people be more faithful in our service for the Master for we may be called in the morning of life, as was our young sister, and the heartfelt sympathy of this society be extended up to the bereaved family. Also these resolutions be placed on the minutes of the society, and published in the Miami Union and a copy thereof be sent to the family.
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