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Description: Obituary for Mrs. Eliza GardnerDate: June 18 1887
Newspaper published in: Liberty, MS
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 7
Another Christian, devoted sister and true friend has passed away from the scenes of earth. His work is finished, her sufferings have ended, and ere this she has met with the loved ones at the beautiful gates who went on before. Mrs. ELIZA GARDNER was born January, 1854, near where her life so sweetly and so quietly pureed away on the 28th day of May, 1887. She was married to Mr. Henry C. Gardner in 1876. Some time after she with her husband united with the Zion Hill Baptist church, making a useful and consistent member up to the time of her death. From childhood she was noted for her honesty, candor, and determination to perform her duty. As wife, mother and neighbor, she had no superior; her counsel was always on the side of peace, charity and Christianity. During life she was, comparatively speaking, surrounded with every thing that wealth could supply, but her advantages in this respect seemed to create within her bosom a spirit of humility seldom found. In life she was one of those who are both fortunate and unfortunate. From infancy to womanhood it was her happy lot to have the blessed influence of Christian parents, which is of such vast and indispensable importance; but just as she had arrived at flint period in life where it seems that mothers can be of greater use to their sweet little children, and where their counsel and Christian influence is most needed, it pleased an Allwise Providence to visit her with a very painful and lingering disease, during which she showed the greatest Christian fortitude, und while her devoted husband and friends were using every possible means to alleviate her pain, her desire was that she might not give them any unnecessary trouble. In speaking of her departure, she made use of a characteristic remark. She said, "You all know how I have lived; always striving to perform my duty, and there is not a cloud intervening between me and that Beautiful City." In substance she said, like one of old, "I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." Oh! what a blessed thought what consolation and encouragement this is for husband and dear little children to live in such a way that finally they may meet mama along with papa in that beautiful golden street.
Oh! how sweet it will be in that beautiful land,
So free from all sorrow and pain!
With songs on our lips, and with harps in our hands,
To meet one another again. R. B.