Van Alstyne Library family history files
Van Alstyne Leader
Miss Ellouise McKinney, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T.E. McKinney,
of Gordonville, died in a hospital at Wichita Falls, Saturday, October
29, after an illness of several months. The body was brought to Van
Alstyne Sunday, and funeral services, conducted by the Rev. J.W. Slagle,
pastor of the Methodist church and the Rev. E.D. Henson, pastor of the
Christian church here, were held at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock in
the afternoon. Burial was made in the Van Alstyne cemetery.
Miss McKinney was graduated from the Whitesboro high school and
attended a business school at Sherman. Immediately following her
completion of the business course, she entered the business world, and
at the time she was stricken with the fatal illness she was an employee
of a bank at Iowa Park.
Fifty or sixty people from Gordonville and many other friends and
relatives attended the funeral service.
She was a niece of colonel Turner Leslie of this city, and had a
number of other relatives here.
Besides her father and mother, she is survived by her grandparents,
Dr. and Mrs. J.N.
McKinney of Collinsville.
Van Alstyne Leader
25 November 1926
Miss Ellouise McKinney, granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. N. McKinney
of Collinsville and daughter of Dr. T. E. McKinney of Gordonville departed
from this world into the hands of her maker Saturday, Oct. 28, at twelve
o'clock. She was twenty-two years of age, just in the bloom of womanhood
and fully prepared for a successful future. The reason for the untimely
going of this beautiful, Christian girl is not known to this world but
that part of it matters not because from every indication she was anxious
and ready to meet her God. In the latter days, while upon the bed
of affliction she stated that she was just as sure of Heaven as there is
a certainty and that she had rather go than stay.
She was a true, life time Methodist who was baptized in infancy and
thereafter joined the church and lived the remainder of her life in faithful
service for the Maker.
We loved ones lack the words to express our infinite love for Ellouise
and for this reason we mourn her going because we will miss her on earth
but we have the scriptural consolation that if we live the Christly life
that she did, we will verily and surely meet her in that eternal city whose
builder and maker is God and where there is no parting of those who love
him and rejoice upon his calling.
Won't that be a happy meeting?
This live is sweet but Ellouise has gone on to a life that is far
more sweeter and precious and eternal in a happy inexpressible in words.
The funeral service was held at the Methodist church of Van Alstyne
where practically a generation of McKinneys, together with hordes of loved
ones assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to Ellouise on this earth
and to receive as reassured consolation that she was gone to that beautiful
home of the soul where time has no limits. Two Methodist ministers,
a Christian minister and J. D. L. McKinney had charge of the funeral service
after which the body was laid to rest in the Van Alstyne cemetery.