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Sue (Bowden) Garrett

 1876 - 1899

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 13 and 20 April 1899
transcribed by JoAnn Myers, 2005

Heart-Rendering Death

    The many friends of Joel P. Garrett of the Pomona neighborhood were shocked beyond expression to hear of the death, last Friday, of his lovely young wife, who, our readers will remember, was Miss Sue Bowden. She was taken with cholera morbus and attended by a female acquaintance, but growing worse, Dr. Dorbandt of Lampasas was summoned, but before he could get there, her sweet spirit took its departure for a brighter world.

    They had been married but a little over a year; were completely wrapped up in each other by the ties of a perfect love, and now, how inadequate must all words of comfort be to the heartbroken survivor! We are glad that he has, as she did, the Christian’s hope, and that Time, the gentle physician, will gradually heal the wound now so socking and ghastly.

    Beautiful in person, gentle in nature, a devoted wife and daughter, a favorite teacher, what a loss she is to this sad world! May the God of the mateless husband and the bereft parents comfort them in this hour!

Burnet Bulletin, 20 Apr 1899

The Late Mrs. Garrett

Editor Bulletin:

On invitation to attend funeral of our sister Garrett, (Nee) Bowden at Pomona, Rev. Robert Howell conducted the services. After reading the memorable chapter of (15) Corinthians dwelling, especially, upon the Imortality of the Soul, and upon the hereafter, as some men would have it, upon putting away of this Mortal Body, that this was all there was to hope for. But he declared (Paul's) letter was in refute of this assertion, and said, (But) if there is no resurrection of the dead, there is Christ not risen, and we are found false witness of God--, and described the fleshly bodies here and spiritual bodies.

Behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed...[more from sermon in article]

We of Burnet town who knew the departed sister, knew her to be a good lady, one ever ready to perform her duties in all walks of life. An experience of nearly two years to our school endeared her to the hearts of everyone whom she came to know, especially Prof. Richey. Our hearts go out in fullness of sympathy to Bro. Garrett, her beloved husband and to the bereaved parents at this trying time. May the Lord bless them with choicest of blessings of such success, as (he) only can give.

Why should our tears in sorrow flow.
Whom God recalls his own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown.

The flock must feel the Shepherd's loss
And miss (her) leader's care
And they who bear with joy the cross
The crown shall soonest wear.

Then let our sorrows cease to flow
God has recalled his own
But let our hearts in every woe
Still say, "Thy will be done."

Death has been here, and bore away
A scholar from our side,
Just in the morning of her day
As young as we--she died.

We cannot tell who next may fall
Beneath the chastening rod.
One must be first, but let us all
Prepare to meet our God.

All needful strength is thine to give,
To thee, our soul apply,
For grace to teach us new to live,
And make us fit to die."

There were about 400 persons present at the funeral, showing the respect in which the departed one was held by home people (Burnet) and (Lampasas) town.

[Transcriber's note: Susie E.J. (Bowden) Garrett was born 15 Sept 1876 and died 7 April 1899; she was the daughter of Ryburn Bowden and was buried in the Dobyville Cemetery.]

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