Mrs. Hannah Carpenter Jolley

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 13, 1888, Page 8
Transcribed by 2006

Tribute of Respect.

It was not alone in the circle of her beloved family, nor the immediate community so long accustomed to her gentle presence and deeds of self-forgetful kindness, that the news of Mrs. Levi Jolley’s sudden death on the 18th of December, brought a shock of grief and tender regret.  This feeling was shared by the many and all who had ever known her or crossed the threshold of her hospitable home, the place of all places in which to see and appreciate the depth and beauty of the character of this true and perfect lady.  Gentle, kind and thoughtful, would be the impression of her left with the most careless.

Though death, without warning, the unconscious falling into sleep that has no wakening, is something from which we should pray to be delivered, and is usually regarded with a feeling of almost horror.  We can believe that it was to her a heaven given mercy.  Death was kind. Hers was such an infinitely loving heart, and so sensitive, too, and deeply touched by the sufferings of others, that a knowledge of the inevitable change coming and the sorrow and loss it must bring her husband and children, would have caused her the keenest anguish.  We know that her release was almost in a moment, and nearly without pain, in that comfortable sleep wherein the fetters of life were lightly shaken off, for death came gently to one of gentle mould.  In their desolate home the living have the harder part, but even with their want and need of her, they would not have selfishly bid her stay.  That “God hath taken her,” His child through submission, love and the fulfillment of every Christian duty, that alone reveals a life nobly lived, should rob their grief of half its bitterness.  No matter for how many weary years the waiting must be, the “Good mornings” unspoken on that quiet Sabbath, may yet greet her on some brighter chime.  Her passionate tenderness that would have been lavished in a parting from which she was spared, may become hers, not in grief but in joy, in that far “Land o’ the Leal.”  It should be easy to follow mother’s footsteps up into the everlasting fold.  We know that upon other homes the shadow of death has fallen and darkened through the Christmas-tide.

From their inmates can perfect sympathy come.  Her last days on earth were happy ones, not marred by pain, nor any untoward happening among her precious grandchildren.  Her life was a full and useful one, having many happy interests, and brightened and sheltered in every way by love and care.  It was as she, no doubt, would have wished it that the last touch and loving attention came from the hand of her devoted husband.  Another’s woes she could not feel in soft adoption, they became her own.  No soul was ever more utterly and perfectly unselfish, ready in heart, and ready in hand to assist others in any way whatever.  She was always lovely.  The friends of her youth never tire in speaking of Miss Hannah Carpenter and her beauty that was as rare as her loveliness of character.  Not many dying leave such a sweet and unfading memory as this sainted mother.  This we have written is all unworthy of her, and imperfect, and has only the merit of being “out of the heart,” as thought sincerely by ---- C.



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