Ardella Gould

Ardella Moore was born in Holmes county, Ohio, April 7, 1831, and died at her home in Astoria, Ill. Aug. 20, 1902, at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 20 days.

She came west with her parents in the autumn of 1843, and located near Summum, Illinois.

In 1847 she was converted, and joined the Union Baptist church, at the age of 16 years.

She was married to L. D. Gould, July 1st, 1849. He gave his life for his country on a southern battlefield, leaving Mrs. Gould a widow for about 40 years.

They were the parents of eight children, two of whom live to bear the loss of a kind, indulgent, Christian mother. Mrs. Jane Thompson, whose faithful and kindly ministrations tended greatly to the comfort of her mother during the several months of her final sickness; and Jos. M. Gould, at whose home the mother made her last visit abroad.

Mrs. Gould joined the United Brethren church at Moat Chapel soon after her conversion, and was later transferred to Astoria Station.

She was a true Christian, and a constant witness to the truth of the scriptures which teach experimental salvation.

During her long protracted affliction, she was patient and cheerful, always taking delight in hearing the word of God and the voice of prayer.

As the end drew near she repeatedly expressed herself as being ready, and only waiting to be transferred to the better world.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer at the U. V. Church on Friday, August 29, at 10 o'clock, in the presence of many warm friends, who showed love and sympathy by falling tears and beautiful floral offerings.

The remains were tenderly laid to rest in Astoria Cemetery to await the day when all shall arise.

— D. E. Baer

Published in the Astoria Search Light on 9/4/1902

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