Ettie Fenton

Ettie Jean, only daughter of John and Elizabeth Fenton, was born in Astoria, Ill., May 13, 1872, and died on Sabbath, Nov. 23, 1902, aged 30 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Her whole life was spent in the place of her birth. She had the benefit of the good schools of Astoria and put it to the best of service. She was the collector for the C. B. & Q. freight and express for a long time and thereby became acquainted with the business people of Astoria who appreciated her business qualities.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and for 8 years was their efficient secretary and endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact in this capacity.

She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She was converted when a girl of 15 years and united with the church during the administration of Rev. M. P. Wilkins.

She was quite helpful both in Sunday School and Epworth League work and only defeated when failing health compelled her.

She has been fighting the dread disease consumption for the past two years. She made an heroic effort to regain her health, but alas! the enemy was not to be overcome.

Last Sunday she came to the end — she was ready — she had set her house in order — she waited for the messenger to come and take her to the place of rest. She died full of faith and as her eyes closed to the earth scenes the sweet smile bespoke a sight of the home on high.

The funeral was conducted from the Methodist church. Rev. J. O. Kirkpatrick, of Augusta, Ill., preached the sermon from Rev. 19, 18. Revs. Wakefield and Ross assisted in the service.

A large concourse gathered to express their sorrow and be partakers in the services.

The Order of Eastern Star observed their funeral ritual, simple and beautiful, showing their appreciation of their deceased sister.

The remains were laid to rest in the Astoria Cemetery.

She leaves besides her parents and brother and other relatives, a great host of friends, who will remember her and imitate her good qualities.


Published in the Astoria Search Light on 11/27/1902

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