Miss Lottie DeWeese was born in Miami County, Ohio, August 24, 1830. Departed this life
March 26, 1911, aged 80 years, 7months and 2 days. She was united in marriage to
Asa F. Fordyce April 5, 1868, with whom she lived until his decease in 1888. After their
marriage they located on a farm in Miami County, near Piqua, Ohio, where they lived for
several years, then coming to Shelby county and locating on a farm east of the Plum Creek
church. In the year 1906, the decesaed again changed the place of her residence when she
went to Anna, Ohio to live. Here in her little cottage with her niece, Miss Clara DeWeese,
she quietly spent the days of her declining years until being summoned by a kind Providence
to occupy that habitation not made with hands. But one child, a daughter who died at birth,
was born to her and yet Aunt Lottie was never without children who loved to call her Grandma
and she in turn seemed as much in love with the little ones as though they were her own.
Mrs. Fordyce was a woman of delicate health for many years. Even when but a young woman
hardly a year passed without bringing her some bodily affliction. She suffered much but bore
it all patiently, resigning herself to the confidence that God knoweth best and doeth all
things well. She looked forth with hope and fond anticipation to the time when it would be
her happy lot to lay aside earthly life with its impediments and be called hence to live the
free, unhindered life of the Spirit. At times when she suffered most there would come to her
the thought of those greatly beloved who had gone on before long since and at such times she
would express her desire to depart and be with them. Of her five brothers and four sisters,
all preceded her to the realm of spirit with the exception of one sister, Mrs. J.S. Crozier,
of Sidney, Ohio. She was converted when but a child and first united with the Reformed
church, later with the Methodist Episcopal church at Plum Creek and finally with the Metodist
Episcopal church at Anna, Ohio, where she remained a faithful and honored member until being
exalted to membership in the church triumphant.
We can say of this beautiful and sainted woman that earth has one angel less and heaven one more since yesterday. Already, keeling at the throne, she hath received her welcome and is resting on the bosom of her Saviour. No more befitting thoughts could fill our hearts as we think of our departed sister than are contained in these lines:
Life's race well run,
Funeral services were held at Anna, Ohio, March 29, 1911, at ten o'clock. Rev. Wm. W. Motter officiating. Interment in Glen cemetery at Port Jefferson.
Shelby County Democrat, March 31, 1911, (Shelby County, Ohio)
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