Lillian Rutledge


Lillian Mable, daughter of Wallace and Mary Rutledge was born March 25, 1898 on a farm north of Adair and died at her home in Adair, Thursday morning January 3, 1919, after an illness of ten weeks durations, aged 20 years, 16 months and 9 days.

Her death was due to heart trouble with which she had been afflicted for a number of years. In early childhood she was stricken with scarlet fever, which sapped the vitality of her young life, and left her like a blighted plant, delicate and frail. Although handicapped by poor health she never murmured or complained, but was bright, happy and cheerful and carried sunshine with her wherever she went.

When two years of age, Lillian moved with her parents to Adair, where she has since resided and where she enjoyed a large circle of friends.

She was a member of the United Brethren church and a Sunday school teacher of a class of little girls, and as a teacher she was faithful to her duty and when health permitted it was a pleasure to meet with the class for she loved them and they loved her and while she has gone from their presence she will still live in their minds. She was a member of the Tri-State Lodge and the Tonowanda Camp Fire and took an active part in both societies.

This vicinity and its hospitable people ever held a warm corner in her heart. It was here the best days of her life were spend and during her last sickness which was severe at times she was ever patient and as her family and friends anxiously watched by her side as hope after hope dropped away, she met them with a smile; but their entreaties were in vain and before the rising of the sun on that bright winter morn the sufferers spirit took its flight.

She is survived by her devoted parents, one brother, Lloyd and one sister, Mildred, both at home and many other relatives and friends, who mourn deeply the departure of one they loved. Funeral services were held at the United Brethren church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. T. Kerr of Van Oren, a former pastor. The flowers were many and beautiful, tokens of love from friends.

At the close of the service the friends followed the funeral car to the Barker cemetery, where interment was made.


(Unknown newspaper, June 1943, submitted by Diane Herd)



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