June 21, 1883 – The Waterloo Press
Died in Waterloo, Wednesday morning, June 13th, 1883, Mrs. Sophia Leas, aged 84 years, 4 months and 11 days.
The funeral took place Thursday afternoon, June 14th, from the first Reformed Church, Rev. F.F. Christine, pastor of the above church, preached from 2 Timothy 4th chapter, 6, 7, 8 verses. Rev. Butler of the U.B. Church, Rev. Dr. Shepherd of the Disciple Church, and Rev. Van Slyke of the Methodist Church were present and participated in the services.
The deceased was born in Adams county, Penn., on the 3d of February, 1790. At the age of 18, she was united in Holy bonds of wedlock, to Mr. John Leas, Sr. In the union they were blessed with 12 children, 42 grand children and 25 great grand children, making a total of 79 children.
Grandmother Leas was a member of the Reformed Church. In the morning of life in obedience to the call of her Savior, she entered into covenant relations with Christ, which was never broken during her long and well spent life. For several years she was very much afflicted, and as her natural strength gave way, she looked toward by faith to that house not made with hands eternal in the Heavens.
She hath truly fought the fight and the loveliness of her life, and the fragrance of her memory and her state of redemption and bliss, will lure on her kindred and friends to seek entrance in the strait gate that leadeth into life. She hath gone up through tribulation and washed her robe and made it white with the blood of the Lamb. May her kindred in the body follow on until the day of deliverance, and reunion shall take place.