Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lizzie (Hale) Copeland 1873-1916

Gone Home To Rest

Mrs. Lizzie Copeland, wife of C.R. Copeland was born at Edgar Springs, Mo., March 2, 1873, and died at her home about one mile southwest of Dixon Tuesday, afternoon, March 28th, being 43 years and 26 days old.

She was the oldest daughter of S.R. and Mary Hale and was married to Chas. R. Copeland at Spring Creek Dec. 2, 1891. To this union 5 children were born, 4 of whom are still living: Mrs. Ruth Stewart, Clyde, Lois and Right, and 4 sisters and 1 brother to mourn her departure.

She was sick about 23 days and although her suffering was intense she bore it as well as anyone could. She had been unconscious for some time but when the end was near she became conscious and began calling all of her relatives to her one by one and told them what she wanted them to do and bidding them good bye until her aged father came and he said to her, "Lizzie I would not talk so much as the doctor says there is a chance for you" but she said to him "Oh! Papa, I have so much to tell and such a short time to tell it, I must hurry." He asked her if she was afraid to die and her answer was "Oh! No, I'm just going home to reap my reward. I have labored so long and diligently. It is just over there Papa, can't you see it?" She said "I hate to go and leave you all, especially my little boy, Right, as I always prayed to live to raise him. I am not afraid to leave Clyde for I have so instructed him I know he will follow in my footsteps. Now I want you all to follow in the footsteps of my Saviour so my little son will follow you."

She united with the M.E. Church at Bloodland in 1912 but all her life she had lived as a true christian and was a great church and Sunday School worker as the people of Bloodland and Hooker know. In conclusion she said, "My life has been an open book for anyone to read. I have always help up for that which was good and suppressed the bad. I have my ticket ready and am only waiting for the train to carry me home where my seat is waiting for me and I want you to so live that when the time comes to you, you will also be ready to join me in the family circle around the Throne of God." Her last words were "Oh! Look at the beautiful sun!"

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.E. Mathews, of Newburg, at the home in a very beautiful and impressive manner after which her remains were laid to rest in the Dixon cemetery to await the sound of the trumpet on the Resurrection Morning.

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