Mary Josephine Roberts

The Cartersville American
Cartersville, Georgia
August 5, 1885, page 3
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At The Baptist Sunday School.
Preamble and Resolutions on the Death of Miss Mary Josephine Roberts.

On last Sunday morning the following resolutions touching the recent death of Miss Mollie Roberts were adopted by a unanimous vote.

Whereas, it has seemed good to our Heavenly Father to take to himself our beloved sister and coworker, Miss Mollie Roberts, let us bow in humble submission, and while we feel that our Sunday School has lost a devoted member, and an earnest teacher, let us raise our hearts to Him who doeth all things well, and ask for a renewed manifestation of His grace in this our sore affliction.

About five years ago, our beloved sister in the freshness of her girlhood came into our Sunday School and asked the privilege of teaching the infant class.  As she had not at this time been taught the way of life by the great Teacher, the privilege was granted with some misgivings, but the pastor, superintendent and some others prayed daily to God to open their heart, that she might attend to the things spoken of Christ.  Soon she accepted Jesus as her Savior and King.  From then until the day of her death she was ever ready “to do what she could” in the cause of her Master.

She loved her church, and in her last illness, when she heard the church bell, she sang “Jesus Thou art the sinner’s friend,” with the chorus, “O Lord remember me.”

Just before her death came, she spoke lovingly of her Sunday School class, and selected her future teacher.
She met death calmly, saying she knew whom she had believed, and that Jesus was a precious Savior.
As she looked upon those who stood around her dying bed, she admonished those of them who had not given their hearts to God, to do so.  She encouraged her mother and father and other attending Christians to persevere in their labor of love for the Master.

While your committee cannot enter further into the details of the noble life and triumphant death of our sister, it is desirable to put upon our book some testimonial of our love and esteem for her.

Be it resolved , therefore,
1st.  That in the death of Sister Mary Josephine Roberts the Cartersville Baptist Church has lost one of her most efficient members and the Sunday School one of its most zealous workers.
2nd. That as a Sunday School we tender our sympathies to the bereaved parents and sister.
3rd.  That these resolutions be recorded in the minutes of our Sunday School.
Respectfully submitted,
J. G. M. Montgomery,
A. M. Foute,
Mrs. S. F. Brame.

Pending the adoption of the resolutions Maj. A.. M. Foute and Mr. J. B. Conyers paid appropriate and feeling tribute to the worth and faithfulness of Miss Mollie’s services in the church and Sunday School.  At the conclusion of the solemn exercise the school sang very sweetly the following verses:

“Sister thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.

Peaceful be thy silent slumber –
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our songs shall know,

Yet, again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven, with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.”


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