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Pettis County, Mo., Obituary

Sedalia Daily Democrat
Wednesday, May 26, 1875


In this city, on yesterday morning at 4 o'clock, at the residence of her son, Jno. D. Russell, Esq., of this office, Mrs. Eliza Russell, in the 60th year of her age.

She had been in ill-health for some time with rheumatism and disease of the heart, but not until last Saturday did her friends apprehend any immediate danger.

All that affection and medical skill could do was done, but availed nothing. The immediate cause of her death was Uremic poison.

Mrs. Russell was born in Yorkshire, England, and went to Canada in 1851. In March 1863, her husband died, and in about two months after she returned to England. While there, her father and mother died at advanced ages. She returned from England in July, 1864, came to the States and settled in Terre Haute, Ind., where she resided until within a year, when she came to this city and made her home with her son.

Mrs. Russell has been a member of the M.E. church for nearly fifty years, and as a wife, mother, friend, christian, well did she recognize her station in life.

She leaves several children and grand children to mourn their loss but they sorry not as those who have no hope. The kind sympathy of this community will be freely tendered in the relatives here and elsewhere.

The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o'clock, to which all are kindly invited.

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Filial Affection

The duty of children to their parents was never better illustrated than by our colleague, Mr.Russell, toward his mother, whose remains will be consigned to their last resting place this morning. His father died when John D. was but a lad; the mother was left in very straightened circumstances, with several children to care for, and for the last twelve or thirteen years she has been taken care by him entirely. During this time he served an apprenticeship at the printing business, but he always managed to support himself and have enough to render his mother comfortable. We speak these things to his highest praise for no greater honor could we accord to him.

Since Mrs. Russell has resided in the family of her son, she has had a daughter's love and thoughtful care from her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jno. D. Russell, and the last year of her life, at least, has been solaced by the kindness and attention of her son and his wife.

She will soon be buried out of their sight, but we hesitate not to say that neither will have occasion to reproach himself or herself with any lack of attention to their mother and best friend.

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Sedalia Daily Democrat
Thursday, May 27, 1875

Funeral of Mrs. Russell

Yesterday evening was consigned to the grave all that was mortal of Mrs. Eliza Russell, whose death was published yesterday. Full of years, and crowned with the rich jewels of an earnest and holy life, she has ended her pilgrimage and entered a glorious immortality. Around her bier gathered sons and daughters who had hurried at the sad summons from distant States, to pay the last tribute of affection to her whom they had loved and revered from infancy.

Friends and acquaintances too, who knew her worth and goodness of heart, assembled in sadness to take one last look on one whom they loved so well.

Day may succeed day, and season follow season, in the noiseless march of time, and their changes be forgotten; but the fruits of a holy life ripen with the years that follow, and bless generations that come after. The harvest was ripe, and it has been garnered with its golden sheaves; the long life of usefulness has ended, and the burdens so patiently borne have been faithfully carried to the foot of the cross. Pure and holy was her life, calm and peaceful was her death, and sweet may be the last repose of her whose memory is enshrined in the hearts of those who mourn.

The funeral services took place at six o'clock last evening, at the residence of her son, Mr. J.D. Russell and were conducted by Rev. W.H. Stephens, pastor of the M.E. Church.

The following named gentlemen served as pall bearers: Mssrs. Curran, Eaton, Van Petten, Walmsley, Finley and Gunther.

The remains were taken to the Sedalia Cemetery where they were interred with appropriate ceremony in this last resting place.

[Mrs. R. McMullen, of Portsmouth, Ohio, sister of Mr. J. D. Russell, of this office, arrived in this city on Tuesday evening. She came on a visit and was unaware of her mother's illness and death until she confronted her corpse.]