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Anna E. (Kitchell) Craig (1909)

CRAIG, KITCHELL

Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 12/6/2017 at 16:52:18

The Advocate-Tribune
Indianola, Iowa
Thursday, December 30, 1909
Page 6, Column 3

Anna E. Craig was born southeast of Palmyra, Iowa, Oct. 15, 1868—died Dec. 16, 1909.

She moved with her parents to Madison county, Iowa, in 1879; was a graduate of the Winterset high school and taught for a number of years. She was married to Coy Craig April 17, 1900. United with the Methodist church at the age of twelve years and remained a member until her marriage, then with her husband she united with the Presbyterian church at Hartford. She died with an abiding faith that made death easy; believing in the words of Christ that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Her dying words were, “God knows best, all will be right.”

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and four children, Mary Bell, David Lyman, Creighton and Charley Kitchell; her father, sister and four brothers.

She was a good wife, kind loving mother and true friend. We will all miss her sweet smile and kind words. She, being an optimist, saw and lived on the bright side of life while here in life; and surely forty years of life on the bright side of earthly existence cast no dim shadow, but of itself goes beyond and ever throws realty unceasingly from shore to shore, thereby stamping their influence on every sphere there was in her life even under adverse conditions a sunny sidedness that lasted after most of the physical had become useless. In fact dying and death had not taken off that smile. The crossing over so easy, because of the high ideas entertained of the here and the hereafter.

At twelve years of age her instinct demanded a Divinity that shaped her ending on this side. Thus she walked o’er life’s thorny pathway in wisdom’s way and thus seeking and finding the better life. All the shackles that bind so many in life were loosened and there was a freedom that knew of no oppression or oppressor. Here reason and spirituality coupled with deeper mediation paved the way for more usefulness; more courage, more power. Here was life to her in its simplicity because of its naturalness and wanting more life, more light, and in her condition, spiritualized as she, ‘twas easy to drop the clay for those divine promptings were there that ever tell of a great and good life lived in freedom.
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Transcriber's note: Maiden name taken from gravestone at Hartford Cemetery, Warren County, Iowa.

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