Sarah S. Lown Wyant (1839-1923)
Posted By: John Bruns (email)
Date: 4/2/2020 at 14:04:00
Sarah S. Lown Wyant was born Jan. 8, 1839 in Winsdor, Richland Co., Ohio. That those were the days of pioneers in evidence by the fact that she, with her father, was a passenger on the first regular passenger train to cross the Mississippi River on the Rock Island bridge at Davenport. Iowa City was the terminus of the line, and she and her father walker the greater part of the distance between Iowa City and Millersburg about forty miles.
May 9, 1860 she was married to Samuel Wyant, and from that time until several years after her husband's death lived at the old homestead at White Pigeon. She was the mother of ten children, six girls and four boys, two of whom, with the husband, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wyant's death came on the morning of Thursday, February 15, 1923 at the age of 84 years, 1 month, and 7 days. Of near relatives she is survived by three brothers, one sister, eight children, and twenty-two grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren.
Three brothers and all the surviving children, except the youngest daughter, living in California, were present for the funeral services which were conducted by the Rev. B. F. Schwartz of Sigourney Methodist Episcopal church. Miss Elizabeth Miller, a close friend of the family, and Miss Mills sang the hymns . Services were held in the Reynolds Funeral Parlor and interment was made in the White Pigeon Cemetery, land for which was given by her husband from the old homestead on which they spent their years together.
Mrs. Wyant was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Her faith was childlike in its simplicity, and in times of trial or discouragement found expression in the words of Psalm 56:3, which she frequently quoted: "What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in thee." The hymns sung at her funeral, "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Rock of Ages" were two of her favorites. Her most abiding monument will be her cherished memory a expressed in the sentiment of Prov. 31:28, "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
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