MRS. KEHL'S FUNERAL HELD YESTERDAY
Large Company Gathered to Honor Memory of Long Time Resident
Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Kehl were conducted yesterday from her old home church, south of Murrayville where years before she was converted the scripture of her own selection being ready by the Rev. W. R. Johnson, a life long friend of the family. He read the 23d Psalm, and other passages dear to her, while the Rev. Roy March delivered the funeral sermon from the text found in Revelations, 14th chapter, 11th verse. Rev. Johnson further commented upon the life of the deceased and gave a burning message to the living to emulate her example.
Appropriate music was rendered by the church choir, with a solo "Shadows" sung by Mrs. Orville Mutch.
The flowers were cared for by four nieces, Mrs. O. P. Steele, Mrs. T. J. Wilson, Mrs. James Ludwig and Mrs. Claude Bolton.
The pall bearers she selected from among her nephews, the oldest in their families, namely, Albert Henry, Lloyd Sorrells, Warren Fanning, Richard E. Fanning, Henry E. Cain, and Oral Henry.
Interment was made in the Youngblood cemetery.
The large attendance of friends of the deceased and her family, many who came from long distances attested the love and esteem in which she was held.
Mariah Susan Henry, daughter of Elijah and Margaret Henry was born at the family homestead five miles southeast of Woodson, February 9, 1860, where she grew to womanhood, with eight sisters and two brothers. Being grown up in a Christian home she early in life was influenced by the living example of father and mother and others of the family, and during a series of meetings conducted at the Youngblood Baptist church by Rev. B. F. Drake in the year 1885 she was converted to the Christian religion which was the beginning of a long life of service and sacrifice for her Master.
She was married October 18, 1877, to Henry R. Kehl, establishing their home among friends and relatives where they had lived from childhood. Into this home came the following named children: Margaret Elizabeth, who became the wife of George M. Matthews, and who passed away in 1912; Herman E., John L., Nellie L., now the wife of Charles A. Thompson, Charles, Leroy, Priscilla, wife of R. J. Sheppard together with three others who died in infancy.
In later years the family moved to Greene county, living in the vicinity of Roodhouse and later in White Hall.
Two years ago they moved to their late home in Jacksonville, where after one year of residence her health began to fail, and despite the efforts of ablest physicians she was compelled to resign herself to the inevitable and reluctantly relinquished her interest in her household duties and gave herself into the care of her loved ones, who for six long weeks the forces of nature were combined to break down the rugged constitution while loving hands tried in vain to nurse her back to health.
During all her affliction she was patient and prayerful and ever ready to give praise to her Master, who was her strength and constant support in every trial.
She was ever anxious to tell others of her Redeemer and her life was one continuous example of Christian purity.
Evan after human strength was spent her mind was clear and she was anxious to depart and be with Him who had gone to prepare a place for her eternal in the Heavens.
After she had made all plans for her funeral and had proclaimed again and again that there was no sting in death she was given a happy and peaceful hour in which to die and at 4 o'clock a.m. Monday, November 27, 1922 at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 18 days, the spirit slipped away from the worn out body and we are left with an added interest and a more definite hold on the treasures of the Heavenly kingdom in the world beyond.
Because she was such a kind and faithful wife and mother she was attended in her every need and wish by the life long companion and sorrowing hands of her children.
Scores of friends remember the kindly words of admonition to right living and preparation for the trying hour, even in the midst of life's activities.
Beside the husband and children above mentioned, she leaves twelve grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Robert Fanning, one brother Charles R. Henry, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
An angel came in the early dawn
Came on an errand of love
And gently took our mother away
To her Heavenly home above.
Long had she waited the Master's call,
The long night of pain she patiently bore
Now with the ransomed and blessed she stands
Happy forever more.
Her kind voice is stilled her work is done;
Her tired hands folded in death
Gone from this world of sorrow and woe
To the home of the ransomed and blest.
She had no fear of the dashing flood;
No fear of the raging sea
For she took for her pilot across the tide
Jesus of Gallilee.
The angels welcomed her home to Heaven.
Where there is no sorrow or pain;
She is safely anchored on Canaan's shore.
And we know we will meet her again.
The members of the family wish to express their appreciation to the many friends and neighbors for their thoughtful kindness and sympathy in this their sad bereavement.