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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Sarah Hathyna (Austill) Elson
Contributed by Roselyn Wells

The Auburn Courier, Thursday, July 25, 1895

Sarah Hathyna Austill was born in Jackson Co, Alabama May 1, 1846 and died July 16, 1895 aged 49 years, 2 months and 16 days.

At the age of 10 years she came north with her widowed mother to Cambridge City, Ind. From this place she was united in marriage to the bereaved husband, Wm. Elson, Nov. 24, 1865. After a short time spent in Ohio she returned with her husband to Wayne Co., Ind., where they resided till April 2, 1874 at which time they came to their present home, three miles south-east of Auburn.

A loving wife, an affectionate mother and a kind neighbor has left us for the life beyond. She leaves a husband, three children and two sisters who deeply mourn their loss.

At an early age she gave her heart to God and united with the Baptist church to which she was a loyal devoted member; but finding her religious service needed in her own neighborhood she moved her church membership to the M.E. class at Grove Bethel where she remained a consistent member. Though her life was a busy one, she never was so occupied that she did not have time to entertain friends or assist a “worthy brother” who was in need. The hospitable part of her nature was so developed that to fill her place in her neighborhood seems an impossibility. Even in the last days of her seven months of severe illness she appreciated the presence of friends and acquaintances and tried to make their stay with her pleasant. As a leader in good works she will be greatly missed.

The funeral services were held on Thursday, July 18th, at Grove Bethel conducted by Rev. Erlougher and the Woman’s Relief Corps. The crowded church and beautiful floral offerings testify to the esteem in which she was held.

It was remarked by one who knew her well that in that vast audience there was perhaps not one who had not received some kind attention or offering from her hand. As a final earthly attention she was reverently laid to rest in the Woodlawn.

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