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Obituary of Elizabeth Mullins Lester

Excerpt from The Christian Index, 16 March 1863, no page #, columns 5 & 6,
kindly provided via e-mail on 13 August 2002 by Elaine Turk

Mrs. Elizabeth Lester, wife of David Lester, Sr., of Jones county was born in Hancock county Dec. 12th, 1804, and died in Macon December 24, 1862, aged 58 years and 12 days.

She had been on a visit to her brother Maj. Mullings, and on hearing of the illness of her son, D. W. Lester, started home, was taken sick between Fort Valley and Macon, about 8 o'clock at night and died of Apoplexy at the Brown House about 10 o'clock next morning. Sister Lester was baptized in 1828 or 29, at Elim, Jones county, by Rev. J. S. Callaway, and was at the time of her death a member of the Baptist church at Blountsville. For nearly 35 years she lived to exemplify the christian religion. She was a lady of the tenderest feelings, and manifested unusual concern for the spiritual welfare of her relatives and friends. Often in the public congregation she seemed to approach her unconverted acquaintances, and beseech them instantly to seek the Lord and obtain the salvation of their souls. Concerning her social and domestic relations too much could hardly be said in her favor. Ever cheerful and sympathetic she was an agreeable companion, kind neighbor, faithful wife, doting mother, humane mistress. Had friendship, gratitude, and love the power to retain her, she had yet lived. But she has gone, leaving husband, children and friends to mourn. But while their loss is irreparable, they draw sweet comfort from the blest assurance, that she died as dies the christian, triumphant in death. Life's sorrow's are over and life's joys and glories have dawned on the spirit of the "blessed dead that die in the Lord." Her "works follow" her she "yet speaketh." Let friends and relatives emulate her virtues, and try all to meet in that better land, "Where those who meet shall part no more, And those long parted meet again."

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