Goddard, Mary W. 1802-1875
Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 10/12/2020 at 14:36:36
Mrs. Mary W. Goddard. died of Pleura Pneumonia, in Indian Village township, Iowa, May the 18th, 1875, aged 72 years, 8 months.
The deceased was born September 15th, 1802, in Heath, Mass. When about twenty years of age she became a subject of divine grace, and made public the profession of her faith in Jesus Christ by uniting with the Baptist Church in Sutton. On removing from Sutton she become a member successively of the following churches: of Holland, Mass.; Whitingham, Vt.; Adams, Jefferson Co.. N. Y.; and Worcester, Mass., of which she was a member at her death.
As a just tribute to the memory of Mother Goddard as we all loved to call her, it may be said, she was everywhere desirous of being known as a disciple of Jesus, and able to give a reason for her hope. During her last sickness she was a great sufferer. In it all she showed true Christian fortitude and patience, and was perfectly reconciled to the Master's will, in life, in death. “For her to live was Christ; to die, gain.” Often did she assure her daughter whom she was visiting, that she cared not to get well, she preferred “to depart and he with Christ,’' which, we believe, was for her far better.
She was an affectionate mother, and an earnest, zealous and exemplary Christian. Fully conscious to the last, she gave minute directions concerning her affairs of her funeral, and then delivered an earnest and faithful message to all present. Bidding all, farewell she peacefully entered her everlasting "rest.”
The occasion of her funeral was improved by the writer, from Num. xxxiii: 10, and Rev. xiv: 13.
Surely a mother in Israel has passed on before us to the other side.
Toledo Chronicle, June 17, 1875 page 2, column 3
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