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Elisabeth Brewington - Obituary

Denton Journal, Denton, Maryland, 02 Apr 1898, Sat, Page 3

Death of an Estimable Woman

Not in many a year has there occurred in Denton a death which occasioned more widespread sorrow than that of Saturday last, when Mrs. Elizabeth E. Webster passed away.

The sad event was unexpected, and her husband, Rev. Z.H. Webster, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was until two days before attending Conference, then in session at Lewes. She grew rapidly worse, and, realizing the approach of death, spoke to her loving friends, who were always about her, and told them of her readiness to obey the Master's call. Amid her suffering her gentle spirit never faltered, and all her conversation eloquently bespoke the tranquility of her beautiful Christian character. Thus it was until the end came, shortly before noon, when all the neighborhood was overshadowed by the deepest gloom at the impending loss of a much loved one. With faltering words, in the closing moments of her earthly life, she said, doubtless with the coming light of the glorious beyond, "Death--Heaven!"

The announcement of her death was received with the keenest grief. In her church work she had gained a wide influence, and the instruction she gave in the Sunday School and in the Epwouth League meetings, and her most pleasing social accomplishments had attracted hosts of devoted friends. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon in the church, which was filled. Revs. Robert W. Todd, John D.C. Hanna and George L. Hardesty, representing the Conference, conducted the last sad rite. Rev. Mr. Todd read a Scriptural lesson, and the choir sang "Asleep in Jesus." Rev. Mr. Hanna offered a prayer touchingly beautiful, and this was followed by the singing of "Beckoning Hands." Rev. Mr. Hardesty read appropriate verses from the Bible, and then Mr. Hanna, who was the pastor of Mr. and Mrs. Webster before the former's entry into the ministry, addressed the congregation, paying a tender and feeling tribute, and there were few unmoistened eyes in the great assembly. Mr. Hardesty spoke very eloquently on the immortality of a Christian life, and Mr. Todd also spoke very feelingly.

The remains were taken to the cemetery, and the the presence of hundreds interment was made. Six young men, members of Mrs. Websters Sunday School class, were the pall-bearers. Among those who are bereaved are five small children. Mrs. Webster was a daughter of Mr. Henry Brewington, of Salisbury, and a sister of Rev. J.A. Brewington, of Lincoln, Del.

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