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Emma (Roper) Carleton

1868 - 1938

Source:  Barbara Evans, <barbedolls @ wavecable . com>, Sept 2007
Journal, Northwest Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 73rd Annual Session
August 25-28, 1938, page 57-58
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, Sept 2007


Mrs. Emma R. Carlton, widow of L. W. Carlton, was born in Forsyth, Georgia, August 4, 1868, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Roper.  She moved with her parents to Texas in 1873 and grew to womanhood in that state.  She united with the Methodist Church in her girlhood and was a faithful member of it until called home.  She married Mr. L. W. Carlton, August 1, 1886.  To this union were born five sons and four daughters.

In 1896, Mr. Carlton entered the Methodist Ministry and was a faithful laborer from that date till his death at Alsea, Oregon, May 20, 1929.  Mrs. Carlton served with her husband in churches in Texas, New Mexico and Oregon.  In all these states she made herself a power for the up-building of the church and the Kingdom.

The charges served were sometimes on the frontier and the conviences of life were few and the pay sometimes meager.   She was brave in the face of hardships.  Brother Carlton was serving an excellent station in New Mexico, when his health failed.  The rare air of the high plateau affected his heart and he could not stand the strain.  So at his request, he was transferred and here he served until his health gave way.  He bought a home in the beautiful Alsea Valley, and here Mrs. Carlton lived and labored for the church.  She was the backbone of this charge and was faithful in the Church School and all the work of the church in the community.  When the church here was closed, she transferred her membership to Corvallis that she might not lose her connection with the Church of her youth and middle life.

Sister Carlton had a deep religious experience and a great faith in God.  She loved the church deeply because she had made great sacrifice for it.

Mrs. Carlton is survived by three sons and four daughters.  She was very lonely after Brother Carlton went to the home land and visited much with her children.  While on such a visit with a son in Mt. Shasta City, she fell asleep, May 21, 1938.  She was ready to go and death had no fear for her.  She looked upon his call as opportunity to enter a broader and holier life.  She was a faithful wife, a good mother, and active churchwoman, and an earnest follower of the Christ.  It is still true that Methodists die well.  It was so with our friend, Sister Emma Carlton.

We are richer in living because we knew her.  Earth is poorer because she has gone and heaven is more perfect because she is there.  A friend who knew her and saw her worth, gladly offers this little tribute.

--E. J. Harper

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