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Title: Mary J. Watkins
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Departed this life, Dec., 30th, 1869, Mary J. Watkins, wife of Enoch Watkins, at their residence in Vermillion Co., Ills., in her 49th year.

On the 2nd of January we laid her remains away in their last resting place in the cemetery at Mann's Chapel. During her long illness which lasted almost one year, Mrs. Watkins bore her afflictions, and often the most intense suffering, with the fortitude, submission and patience of a true christian. Fondly beloved by all who knew her, she left a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn her loss.

When the Old Year had well nigh departed,
Ere the New had been urshered in,
We felt that angels of God had started
To bear our dear one to Him;
They bore here away to her home in Heaven;
Back, fled the spiritto Him who had given.

We laid her away in her resting place,
As the scattering snow flakes fell,
When the cold Old Year had finished his race;
For the New, had been rang the bell,
With hearts as dreary as desolate earth-
A grief which Old Year had given birth.

Husband bereaved so near broken hearted-
Who mourns the loss of one so dear;
Whom to your life long joys has imparted-
Without whom, 'tis lonely and drear.
Lean on the arm which cannot know weakness
Turn you to Heaven in faith and meekness.

Tis along God, who can lighten sorrow-
Who can set the fettered heart free;
There is a bright ETERNAL to-morrow-
A balm in Gillhead for thee,
her loss is yet one more link in the chain
Which upward shall draw yu till Heaven you gain.

And you, son of the holy ascended-
The idol of a mother's heart-
Into whose care was a charge commended-
"Care for your sister Alice, part:"
Know you a watchful presence ever stays
In darkening hours as brighter days.

Happy!- that thy grief is free from regret-
Peace!- that to please her was thy care;
Remember her wishes cling to you yet
Though she's gone hence to a world so fair;
Follow her words as you ever have done
Till a place by her side in Heaven is won.

Daughters of that gentle, sainted mother;
You will miss her as years roll by,
And more fondly cling to one another
Than in the happy years gone by;
But you one HOPE, you STAR, your GOAL is
For O there, no tie is riven!

Date: 1/13/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00001540
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbook
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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