Died at the home of her son, Byrtle Slavens, Dec. 29, 1913, Mrs. B.F. Slavens, of a complicated disease from which she had been a sufferer for 20 years, being confined to her bed for four months before her death.
Mrs. B.F. Slavens was born in Jersey County. Ill., Dec. 30th, 1859. On Oct. 28th, 1875 she was married to B.F. Slavens. To that union were born four children, one girl and three boys, three of whom and her husband survive her. They are Byrtle, at whose home she died, Jesse, and Mrs. Brady Wylie. All of whom were at her bedside when she departed this life.
She was laid to rest in the Tracy graveyard, the funeral was conducted by Eld. Zack Baker.
She professed faith in Christ and united with the Christian Church in 1877, to which belief she remained faithful till the end. She was a true Christian ever striving to do good and help all as much as lay in her power, never tiring in her ministrations to those in need.
Every effort of medical aid was rendered but all failed to do her any good, the grim monster of death had claimed her as its victim.
She was a kind and loving wife a devoted mother and a true neighbor. How she will be missed in the family circle! The home is broken.
A place is vacant that never can be filled but we realize our loss is her gain. God in his mercy saw fit to call her home, where there is no more sickness, sorrow or death.
Dear children, while she can not come back to you, you can go to her. While it is hard to give her up, we submit to the will of God who knoweth best. Sorrow not as those who have no hope, for you know mother was prepared to go but regretted to leave you.
Farewell dear mother we know you are gone; And we miss your kind loving face in our home. Our hearts are aching and tears falling fast. As we say good bye to you for the last. But hope again to meet you where there is no sickness nor sad goodbyes, And no tears shall ever dim our eyes.
Pineville (Missouri) Democrat, January 9, 1914.