Died - Near Hawleyville, Page Co., Iowa, April 20, 1885, Leona Fordyce, daughter of Corbley G. and Lydia Fordyce. She was born December 3d, 1871, in Greene Co., Pa., where her parents lived until January last year when they came to Iowa, locating near Hawleyville. It will be sad news to her many friends in Greene Co., where she spent her childhood years, her sweet and lovely temper making friends with all whom she came into contact. Her sickness was somewhat protracted, and retaining her mental powers to the last she gave the brightest evidence of an unwavering faith and trust in Christ her Savior. In talking with her parents about death as calmly as though it were only a visit she said, "I am not afraid to die but only wish to live for your sake. I often think of death as a cruel monster coming into our homes and with his long bony fingers taking from us our dearest ones, bringing sorrow and darkness to our lives and homes, but Jesus says 'I am the life, the truth and the way. I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me though he was dead yet shall he live again, therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh.'"
In the death of this Christian girl, we have the unmistakeable evidence of God's power to save his children from the fear of death. Born of Chrictian parents, her home training was of a character to develop the highest Christian graces, and though of feeble physical developments she was morally wonderfully strong.
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Munford from this saying of Christ, "The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." - Mark iv-39
Waynesburg Republican, May 12, 1885 (Greene County, PA)
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