Funeral of Mrs. Russell

Yesterday evening was consigned to the grave all that was mortal of Mrs. Eliza Russell, whose death was published yesterday. Full of years, and crowned with the rich jewels of an earnest and holy life, she has ended her pilgrimage and entered a glorious immortality. Around her bier gathered sons and daughters who had hurried at the sad summons from distant States, to pay the last tribute of affection to her whom they had loved and revered from infancy.

Friends and acquaintances too, who knew her worth and goodness of heart, assembled in sadness to take one last look on one whom they loved so well.

Day may succeed day, and season follow season, in the noiseless march of time, and their changes be forgotten; but the fruits of a holy life ripen with the years that follow, and bless generations that come after. The harvest was ripe, and it has been garnered with its golden sheaves; the long life of usefulness has ended, and the burdens so patiently borne have been faithfully carried to the foot of the cross. Pure and holy was her life, calm and peaceful was her death, and sweet may be the last repose of her whose memory is enshrined in the hearts of those who mourn.

The funeral services took place at six o'clock last evening, at the residence of her son, Mr. J.D. Russell and were conducted by Rev. W.H. Stephens, pastor of the M.E. Church.

The following named gentlemen served as pall bearers: Mssrs. Curran, Eaton, Van Petten, Walmsley, Finley and Gunther.

The remains were taken to the Sedalia Cemetery where they were interred with appropriate ceremony in this last resting place.

(Mrs. R. McMullen, of Portsmouth, Ohio, sister of Mr. J. D. Russell, of this office, arrived in this city on Tuesday evening. She came on a visit and was unaware of her mother's illness and death until she confronted her corpse.)

Source: Sedalia Daily Democrat, 27 May 1875
Submitter: Cathy Warbritton