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THE WESTERN STAR, 17 March 1894

Died - In this city, Saturday, March 10th, 1894, Mrs. Rachel Johnson, aged nearly 81 years.

How rapidly we are passing away. One by one we are called, and no one knows who will be next. Day by day the flowers fall and are no more. A mother in Israel has gone before, but how feeble and puny are our tributes to such worth; how very few chords they touch and flow, like the Icicle, they fall on listless hearers and are lost. Another of the excellent ones, a mother in the land, has passed over and "rests under the shade of the trees." So many of our people knew Mrs. Johnson and
loved her for her gentleness and goodness and her Christian neighborly qualities, that we feel that we can add but a poor tribute to the memory of this departed, estimable lady. Hearts are aching, tears are flowing for a wife, a mother and a friend - a womanly woman.

Mrs. Johnson was the wife of Eli Johnson, who still survives her. They were married in 1838 and have lived together 56 years. They came to this county from Ohio, 7 years ago to live with their son, who has since removed to Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and is their only near relative. Mrs. Johnson was converted at the age of 17, and has been a member of the M. E. church 63 years. The deceased was born at Cambridge, Ohio, April
12th, 1813. The funeral took place from the M. E. church last Sabbath, at 11 a.m., Rev. Latham conducting the last funeral rites.

In Memory of Grandma Johnson
by Clara M. Foy.

Another soul has crossed the river,
To live in a land where all are blessed;
She's left this world of strike and sorrow,
She lives in a home of perfect rest.

Deaths chilling arm outstretched
Enwrapt the poor frail form;
She's lived through many winter's snow
And faced life's cold and cruel storm.

We tenderly folded the weary hands
And smoothed her aged brow;
Her spirit soared to its final rest -
Her sufferings are ended now.

She eagerly watched for her sons coming.
And asked for news with a patient sigh:
She longed to see him just once more,
To kiss her boy and say good-bye.

They were old in years but young in love,
The love light shone in her brown eyes;
As she caressed him last on earth.
E'er her spirit soared beyond the skies.

The seasons come and then are gone,
There's nothing on earth will last;
A summer flower in autumn wind.
Will droop and fade and wither fast.

I know backward through her life,
Are many seeds of kindness sows;
She longed for rest, her one regret
Was leaving grandpa all alone.

We'll tenderly care for grandpa,
In his declining years;
He needs our sympathy and love,
But grandma needs no sigh or tears.

She sleeps in Jesus, blessed sleep.
No more weary feet will roam;
She'll wake in Heaven to live forever
And welcome poor old grandpa home.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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