Margaret was our grandmother’s younger sister. Heart complications took Margaret’s life when she was only 5 years old, a loss that came just three years after the death, at a relatively young age, of their mother, Mary. The obituary tells us that funeral services for Margaret were held at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at the family home in Sioux County, Iowa, and at 1:30 at the First Reformed Church. She was survived by her father and eight brothers and sisters.
“Margaret had been ill for the last four months,” the newspaper said, “confined to her bed all the time, never complaining and hoping to recover soon. But it was not her will but the Lord’s will that she should be taken peacefully away. The father and children and relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community…”
The story concluded with a note from the family: “We wish to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their kindly assistance to us during the four months illness and death of our dear daughter and sister … as well as for the many gifts that were given to her during her illness, which were very much appreciated. We also deeply thank all those who took part in the services and singing …”
Such heartbreaking loss. I had a chance to visit Margaret’s grave last year when I was in Iowa. She is laid to rest between her parents in a peaceful cemetery surrounded by farmland … in a pleasant and quiet corner of Sioux County …
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind …” (C.S. Lewis)
(Wednesday’s Child is a weekly blogging prompt from Geneabloggers focusing on gravestones of children. Obituary excerpts are from the Boyden Reporter.)