The Carthage Republican
July 1, 1931
Columns 1 & 2
Death of Mrs.
Well Known Webster Woman Is
Called to Her Reward After a
Long and Useful Life.
On the 25th day of March, 1861, twin daughters were born to Norman and Marinda Hadley Beckwith in Fountain Green township, Hancock county, Illinois.
These beautiful babies that throughout their lives looked so much alike, that it was difficult to distinguish one from the other, were named Lucinda and Lucena. They grew up into beautiful young womanhood in this vicinity in constant companionship with one another, bright, happy-hearted, capable girls, gifted in music, standing at the head of their classes in school, were general favorites in their respective neighborhood and the idol of fond parents and their brothers and sisters.
On their 21st birthday anniversary, Lucinda who had been teaching school, and was so highly esteemed by all who knew her, suddenly entered into the great beyond, leaving her twin sister broken-hearted and all her relatives and friends so shocked and sorely bereaved over her sudden death, that only God alone can ever help them to understand the mysterious why that such a lovely talented young lady should be called away so early in life from her splendid work of usefulness in her home, in society and in the school room.
On Jan. 13, 1881, Lucena was united in marriage to J. W. Long and they have spent the greater part of their married life in this vicinity and to this union nine children were born.
Two daughters, Zora Freidis and Mary Lurinda passed away in infancy. Those surviving are: Dr. L. B. Mosley, of Ft. Madison, Ia.; Clarice Tyler, of Joetta; Dorca Mosley, of Ft. Madison; Avis Todd, of Burnside; Ray, of Joetta; Riley, of Oakland, Calif.; and Norma Burr, of Blandinsville. One sister, Mrs. L. A. Weakley, and her brother, Edward, of Joetta, and a brother, Fred of LaHarpe, also survive her, besides nine grandchildren, to whom she was much devoted.
Mrs. Long was of a cheerful, optimistic, courageous disposition and when disappointments or calamities came into her life she brushed them aside and with renewed energy and courage she pressed forward, doing the kindly deeds to her family and friends that her hands found to do. The Long home was noted for its gracious hospitality, all were welcome and the grandchildren almost grew up in the home of these fond grandparents.
This devoted couple were nearing their golden wedding anniversary when Mr. Long was called away just seven months to the day that Mrs. Long received the summons, she having passed away at 12:30, June 23rd, 1931, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Lindell Brandon in Burnside.
Mrs. Long was converted many years ago and with her husband united with the Free Methodist church in Webster, where she was a regular attendant, being a good bible student. She filled the office of superintending the Sunday school frequently and taught a bible class intelligently and acceptably for many years and tried to live her religion in her every day walk through life.
When her pastor called upon her a few days ago and she could scarcely talk for her suffering, she said to him "I am on my way." Yes, she was on her way, and has taken her departure for that home beyond, where she longed to go and join her loved ones, and we who remain must be willing that she should go.
Open the gates of your heart and let
The gates are high and the lock is
hard, I know,
And wistful, the anchors of home
would faithfully hold
Her feet--her bag, her shawl with its
All day the robin has pled from the
And the lambs she loved, gone wistful
across the ???
Dark rain on the mountain, and tear
on your cheek, but she
Heeds them not now. She is busy
with deep-drawn breath
On breath, greeting her tall, strange
He has wrapt her about in his mantle
of wisdom away
From your touch, your tears, your
kisses are naught today,
In vain the larkspurs bloom in the
And the gossamer's jeweled gift on
the grass is spread,
In vain the poppies, in vain your grief
You must open the gates of your heart
and let her go.
And now there are folk by her side
you never knew.
They are only faded daguerreotypes
Quaint people in stocks and panta-
lettes, kept there
With the little brown curl she tender-
ly marked "mother's hair."
Nothing but names to you, they were
dead, so long,
But now, ah, strange, she is yours no
more, 'tis their strong
Hidden arms that receive, their love
that has bid her depart.
And then cold, cold fingers that are
breaking the lock of your heart.
Ah, wistful robin, and lambs you call,
We must open the difficult gates and
let her go.
Death in the room and her folks come
back, and dim
In the shadow a Presence there, now
She is lifting the chaliced dew of her
W???? of her life, her love, her benefi
D???? ways of pleasantness in paths of
O mystical moment! O sacred and
Into His heart He has taken her gift
The iron portals swing open to let her
N???? ha????? dress her in shimmering
love, and spread
A pathway of prayer, for her darling
feet to tread.
The rain has given its jewels, the
robin the soul
Of his song, and the garden's breath
is an aureole
Master of death, and Lord of life, unto
We open the gates of our heart and
set her free."
The funeral was held at the church in Webster, Thursday afternoon, June 25th, just seven months from the time of the funeral of her companion, and the body was interred by his side in the Webster cemetery. The services were very ably conducted by Rev. Meieke of Champaign, Ill., who has been holding a revival meeting in Burnside, and who was able to be of ??? ??? comfort to Mrs. Long during ??? last week by his kindly ministrations. His rendition of her favorite song, "My Wonderful Dream," was beautiful and was much appreciated by all. The quartet composed ?? Arthur and Adda Spangler, J. A. Duffy and Ruby Hobart, sang three old favorite hymns very sweetly and acceptably, with Ellen Lenix assisting at the organ. The pall bearers were six of the old neighbors, namely: Andrew Gipe, Tylee Adams, Sammie Lenix, Reuben Long, Anthony Duffy and Will Thompson. A large concourse of friends and neighbors were gathered together to pay their final tribute of respect and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.
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