Obit: Gates, Lydia E. (1855 - 1884)





----Source: Republican and Press, August 17, 1884, p. 4, Clark County




Gates, Lydia E. (1855 - 1884)


LYDIA E. GATES - On Friday morning, April 11th, Lydia E. Gates, wife of James L. Gates, of this city, and daughter of H. D. Eyerly, Esq., aged 29 years, after a sickness of four weeks.

Mrs. Gates came to Neillsville with her parents when twelve years old was married to Mr. Gates when seventeen. She leaves two children, aged nine and seven. Her funeral took place from the Presbyterian church on Sabbath afternoon, and the large number that attended indicated the high esteem and regard in which she was held by the citizens of Neillsville. The floral tributes placed at the head and foot of the casket in the church were of the choicest varieties and beautifully arranged. Many eyes were wet with tears of sympathy when the husband and children took their last look at her who to them was so dear. The sermon was preached by Rev. W. T. Hendren and the music sung by a well selected choir. Her death has caused an unusual sadness in our city, where she has been known from childhood. Her amiability and happy nature endeared her to all who knew her. She was a devoted and idolized wife, and an affectionate, loving and beloved mother. For weeks, she had been low with sickness and anxious friends began to entertain hopes for her recovery, but in the early twilight of last Friday morning, when in the stillness of the hour, while the spring birds sang their morning lay, as if caroling a requiem, her spirit took its flight through the upper deep to the unknown beyond- the Golden City of our hopes.



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