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Emily Patterson (1825-1910)

Contributor:
Sue Frary on 16 September 2005
Source:
The Western Star November 3, 1910 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
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BEYOND EARTH'S PORTALS

Passes Pure Soul of Beloved Shaker

October thirtieth, the mortal part of Miss Emily Patterson, ceased its activity, and the immortal part passed beyond death's portal and entered into life's larger loves, enduring joy's and pleasing activities; compensating for the sorrows and afflictions earth life gave. Eighty-five years of completed life and sixty of them given to the Shaker life, recording creditable deeds done. For many years she taught school and in early life composed songs sung in their meeting. Joy spake to her in being and doing good. - And the soul whose mind is attuned to the essential harmonies of life, giving love and service to home folks and friends, their faith be what it may, truly honor and serve God. Rev. Floyd Poe, of Lebanon, officiated at the memorial service Monday. afternoon, and it was the first service in one hundred and five years conducted by one not a member of the community; and this being necessary as the aged members are unable to carry on memoral [sic] services according to their century old style. Had the service been of the Shaker ceremony, no more appropriate remarks could have been offered than those made by Rev. Poe, who touched the theme of common suffering and sympathy, to be wrought in universal well doing. A key to the instrument of life, all can take part in; prompting fellow helpfulness, fellow sympathy and fellow kindness; the giving of which we bless- and are blest. A work, Rev. Poe said he believed would be the message of the arisen soul to us all could she speak to us directly. Mr. Will Lewis and wife, Mr. Ed Conklin- and daughter Mildred, of Lebanon, sweetly sung the hymns, Nearer My God to Thee and Jesus Lover of My Soul. All combined, formed a' beautiful wreath of respect, highly appreciated by the members of the Shaker community.


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