Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Obituary - Mrs. Rachel Kissire.Date: July 15 1915
Newspaper published in: Houston, MO
Mrs. Rachel Kissire was born Nov. 4, 1831, in Indiana and departed this life July 11, 1915, at the home of her son, George Harris, of this county.
Her maiden name was Keeney. She was married twice. The first marriage was to Beery Harris. To this union was given six children. Two of the six died at about the age of one year. Four of them are living. They are Mrs. Lizzie Elmore, George Harris, Mrs. Sarah Roberts and Joe Harris. The second marriage was to Thomas Kissire and was honored with three children. They are Richard and James Kissire, both of this county, and Mrs. Emma Bridges, of Montgomery county, Mo. All the children were present at the funeral except Mrs. Bridges.
The deceased was converted about 40 years ago and united with Cave Spring Baptist church. She afterward placed her membership with Arthurs Creek Baptist church as a charter member and remained a member of this church until her Lord received her spirit to be with Him.
Her sickness was of about three months duration and the last five weeks she suffered much. She bore her suffering remarkably well and when the end of her earthly journey was reached her body tired and worn went into its rest without a struggle while the spirit went away without leaving a trace of regret, but seemed to mold the features of her face with calmness and contentment as if to say there is nothing to regret, nothing to fear.
A large number of those who had known her gathered at Arthurs Creek cemetery to pay a tribute of respect to one they loved. The writer never spoke to a more attentive audience than that one, and though it was late in the afternoon when her body was laid away in its final resting place the people stood by until all save a little mound of earth was lost to view.
We now turn to those who were related to her by the ties of nature and say your loved one sought her Saviour and found Him and owned Him as her own. Now her spirit rests with Him, while her works do follow her. The active part of her life has come to a close in this world. Her last sunset has come, but the influence of her life will live on until souls yet unborn will know of her and the life she lived.
To the children: God was kind to you in giving you the example of His love He did in the life of your mother. You were honored with her life until it sank behind the golden rays of good old age. You were honored by being permitted to attend her in her last earthly needs. Now that she has gone to rest, mourn only because of her absence from you. Think of her as living "in that far away home of the soul; where no storms ever beat on the glittering strand, while the years of eternity roll."
Our friends and loved ones are passing away from us. We see them fall and pass from our sight, and we turn again to go on through the mist of an earthly life. The future is so dark, oh, so dark. The future to us is as an unknown country so far as our departed ones coming back to tell us of it, but thank God for the light given in the grand old book - the Bible - and the comforting presence of His Holy Spirit.
I feel that it can be truly said of Sister Kissire that she rests from her labors. Sweet is the rest that is in Jesus. God bless and comfort your hearts and grant grace to each of you that you may lay hold of religious privileges with such courage that many souls may enjoy the blessings of Heaven because you have lived. Oh Lord, lead us by thy Spirit, and cause thy face to shine upon us and feed our souls on the bread of life.
G. W. Plumb.