Mrs. Sallie A. Owens

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
October 4, 1888, Page 6
Transcribed by 2006

In Memory of a Loved One.

On the night of September 17th, as the gentle zephyrs made soft music through the leafy bowers, the spirit of Mrs. Sallie A. Owens passed over the dark river of death, and is now with the dear husband and children.

She was in her fifty-third year, and had been a member of the Baptist church some several years.  As a Christian her life was exemplary and consistent.  Her trust in God was deep, and her love for the cause of Christ ardent.  Although being deprived of the power of speech when asked if she was willing to go she immediately raised her hand signifying her willingness.

The harvest was ready, the Master came and gathered the sheaves, and today one more bright jewel shines resplendent in the heavenly throng.  Ere we scarcely knew she was sick, the silver cord was loosed, the golden band broken and she was at rest in the arms of her blessed Saviour.

She was by nature, education and religion eminently qualified to exert a great influence (which she did) but her true grace shone nowhere so conspicuously as in her own home, where she reigned a mild and loving queen.

Surrounded with every comfort of life, yet she was humble, loving and kind to all, forgetting self in ministering to others.

Two years ago our heart was crushed and bleeding, and like the ministering angel that she was, she came, bringing peace, comfort and sunshine into our darkened home.  But her work of life is over.  The scenes of this life on earth are closed with her.  The curtain has fallen for the last time and left us, her children, relatives and numerous friends in the gloom and darkness of death’s sorrow and sadness.  May God comfort and sustain the dear children as He alone can.

At rest at last.  The busy kindly hands
That from life’s loving duties would not rest
Are idle now, and, in soft, ruffled bands,
Lie meekly folded on the peaceful breast.

The mother heart, a gulf of love unknown,
Soundless and shoreless as her own loved sea,
The imperial will that like a rock alone
Stood in calm strength, as steadfast and as free.

The ready wit, whose answer never failed,
The zeal for right that spake out warm and bold,
The glance at which pretense and shuffling quailed,
The pitying tear that sparkled as it rolled.

The helpful deed that went before the word,
The word that came when action made it strong,
The self-denial done to share the hoard,
The deathless hope, the love that yearned so long.

Where now are these that fired this marble form
And taught this pallid cheek its mantling blush?
And where the faith that soared above life’s storm,
And brought the word that bade the tempest hush?

Our mother’s God, to Thee we render back
The soul that taught her seed in God to trust,
And vast, kind nature, thou too shalt not lack
Thy due from one who loved thee – “dust to dust.”

--Minnie Lee Arnold, Ford, Ga.


The Courant American
October 11, 1888, Page 3

Tribute of Respect.

Mrs. Sallie Owens, nee Jones, widow of the late John S. Owens, of this county, died at her home near Euharlee Sept. 17th, 1888, aged about 51 years….She leaves eight children, five sons and three daughters, to mourn her departure… [see October 4, 1888, page 6.]


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