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Jacksonville Daily Journal, April 7, 1918


Sarah Ann Hopper, eighth child of Sydney and Jane Hopper was born in Athensville township, Green Co., Oct. 29, 1873. She was united in marriage with John H. Jackson, Sept. 23, 1895. This union was blessed with eleven children all living, namely: Ethel, Hazel, Mary, Basil, Cora, Bruce, Claude, Henry, Olin and the twins Wanda and Wilma now four years old. She was converted to the Christian religion at an early age in a meeting conducted by Elder Carey Fitzjarrel at the Union Grove Baptist church, where she united and lived a faithful member until called by death, at her home, three miles southwest of Nortonville, on Sunday evening, March 31, 1918, at 9:10 p.m., at the age of 44 years, 5 months and 2 days after several years affliction. She bore her suffering with great patience and fortitude, and as the weary week wore away she expressed a wish that she might pass on, as she could never be well again to care for her family. And as earth has been relieved of the storm of winter, and taken on the beauty of springtime, just so a mother has been relieved of suffering and cares of life, and taken on immortality the hope and reward of the Christian. She is survived by the husband and children, one sister, Mrs. Martha Fanning of Murrayville, two brothers and one sister, John and Oliver Hopper of Gillespie and Mrs. Mary E. Hopper of Litchfield, and relatives and friends without number. Funeral services were held at the Youngblood church Wednesday, April 3, 1918, by Elder Roy March with burial in the Youngblood cemetery the pall bearers were Vernie Fanning, Jonas Wilson, Andrew Kehl, Frank Sorrels, Ernest Henry and John Covey. Nellie Fanning, Zelpha Jackson, Lida Dugger, Velma Fanning, Edith Kehl and Mrs. Charles Lovell cared for the flowers.
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