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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Elizabeth Custis Carter Webb

In Memoriam - Died - at her home in Higginsville, Mo., Tuesday, February 11, 1908 at 9:50 o'clock P.M., after a short illness, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Webb, aged 73 years, 11 months and 14 days.

The death of this gentle, loving woman came as a thunder clap from a clear, cloudless sky. She had been ill with grippe ten days or more, but at no time was there the least apprehension of a fatal termination. Tuesday she was greatly improved, and the sons and daughters of this hospitable home were happy and buoyant. About nine o'clock that night she retired and for a time was talking with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Bowman, who had been with her during her illness.  About 10 o'clock the daughter heard the mother cough and called to her. Receiving no response, she went at once to her bedside, only to find that the silent messenger had entered and that the idolized mother, friend, neighbor had laid down life's cares to taste of heaven's joys.

Mrs. Webb was Virginian by birth, being the daughter of the late Edwin Carter, and had been a resident of this county since childhood, and in 1855 was united in marriage to Jno. G. Webb who passed to his reward some 13 years ago, a truer and nobler man than whom never lived, the fruits of this union being ten children, six of whom survive, now grown to be gentle loving daughters and manly, dutiful sons, and they rise up and pronounce the memory of their parents, father and mother, blessed.

They are Mrs. M. J. Chinn of Kansas City, Mrs. Frank Bowman of Lexington, Maurice O. Webb of Dallas county, Jock G. Webb, J. Ed. Webb and Dr. Wm. C. Webb, of Higginsville. Mrs. Webb made her home with her sons, Jock and Edward, mother being their first and constant thought, bestowing every love, care and attention without show or stint.  How these two especially, will miss her, words are lack to express.

She was a woman of refinement of great force of character, enjoying her life in a quiet unostentatious manner, her one thought being the comfort of daughters and sons, ever finding her greatest happiness in ministering to their wants and in making her home by her gentle presence a haven of rest, where all who entered felt better for her sweet influence.

Since the death of her loved companion in 1895 she has been only waiting, waiting, for the master's call to a happy, joyous reunion in the "Home Over There," and the summons, though sudden, came to her as a sweet relief, finding her ready and prepared, she having early in life confessed the Christ, ever living a consecrated Christian life.

Her death, though sad, was a beautiful one and in keeping with her life of gentleness, modesty and quietude, even the day she was laid to rest being in attune therewith - one of brightness and sunshine.

Thursday morning services were held at the family residence in Higginsville, Rev. N. H. McCain, assisted by Rev. J. N. Crutcher, officiating, the immense concourse gathered, both at the home and family cemetery testifying to the love in which she was held and to the sympathy for the living.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

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