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Frances (Stanley) Barton

1848 - 1926

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 17 June 1926
transcribed by Barry Caraway

Mrs. Columbus Barton Dead

"She is gone but not forgotten. 
She has tread where we must tread.
She's asleep in the arms of Jesus;
Peacefully sleeping, she's not dead."

"The silver chord was broken" and sweet spirit of Mrs. Columbus Barton passed from earth to heaven on Saturday June 5th, 1926. She professed faith in Christ early in life and united with the Missionary Baptist Church. Her life of 78 years was simple and unpretentious. She made no claims to greatness, though the life she lived out was rich and great in good deeds and tender, noble acts of kindness to those around her. Aunt Fannie or Grandmother Barton, "as many called her, came to Texas when a child with her widowed mother, Mrs. Stanley and settled in Burnet County.

Soon after the war Miss Fannie Stanley was married to Columbus Barton. To this happy union eight children were born, as follows: Taylor, Dee, Bob, Tom, Mrs. Leona Nixon, Mrs. Nannie Hill, Mrs. Fannie Cox and Lou Ellen who died in her youth. Uncle Lum and Aunt Fannie reared their family in Burnet and Llano Counties where they made many true friends. The children all reside in West Texas and Oklahoma except Mrs. Hill who lives in Burnet County near Tow Valley.

Aunt Fannie spent the last years of her life visiting among her children who were always glad when the time came for "Mother's" visit. She occasionally visited with other relatives and friends and was always a welcome visitor. She was always as cheerful and had a smile for every one. At the time of her death she was with her daughter Leona at Floydada, Texas. She was ending her visit with the children in the west, preparing to leave in a few days for Burnet County, when she was stricken with paralysis.

For weeks she had every attention that loving children and grandchildren and great grandchildren could render for her comfort but the death angel silently entered and said "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, your Father says come Home."

Besides her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she leaves a number of nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces who loved her and will raise their voices in praise for her and the light she has left in the world.

"She is gone: Oh, yes God bless her. 
Gone to live with Christ above.
Oh! tis sad! yes we shall miss her.
But she now enjoys His love."

Her remains were tenderly laid to rest June 8, 1926 in the Tow Valley Cemetery Llano, Texas, by the side of her loving husband Columbus Barton, with whom she walked in faithful companionship more than 55 years and who preceded her to the Home beyond little more then three years.

The funeral service was conducted by the pastor of the Tow Valley Baptist Church, Rev. Mack Hahn. With the mound covered with flowers placed there by loving friends. we left her to await the resurrection. One who loved her.

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