Sarah A. (Smith) Rector
Mrs Sarah Rector Died Last Thursday
She Had Lived Most of Her 87 Years In This Community - Ill But Short Time
Mrs. Sarah Ann Rectopr, age 87, was taken to her great reward last Thursday night at 12 o'clock after a serious illness
of only a few weeks
Funeral services were held at her hom on the east side of the lake Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and interment
was made in the Washington Cemetery. Rev. Amos Barnes was in charge of the services.
Mrs Rector had lives all but a very few yars in this community and in the same neighborhood. During these many years,
she attracted a host of friends who loved and admired her and who mourn her departure.
Some years before the Civil War, Mrs. Rector moved to his community with her parents. Her mother passed away and
she was left to care for the family
In 1859, she united in marriage with Lewis C. Rector. The ceremony was preformed in the home which stood near the
present sit of the Maxinkuckee store. The was needed the services of her husband and during this time she kept the
home intact to greet her husband upon his return
After the war, the family moved to Otumwa, Iowa, where they resided for a number of years and finally returned to
Mr. Rector died in 1885 and was buried in the Washington Cemetety.
It was remarkable that the pall bearers at Rector's funeral last Sunday should be composed of five grandchildren and one
great grandson. They were Dow and Steffen Rector of Indianapolis; Frank Rector and Son, Paul of Pendleton; and Bert
and Gray Rector of this city.
Mrs. Rector is survived by three sons Samuel of Osborn, Ohio; Nathan W and Dow of Culver; two daughters Mrs. George
Garver of Argos; Mrs. F. M. Parker of Maxinkuckee; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She was loving, kind and thoughtful and always looked for the happiness of her many friends
An obituary will be found elsewhere in this edition - 29 Apr 1925 - Citizen
Sarah Ann, daughter of Moses and Mary Cole Smith was born in Fulton County, Indiana, Oct 13, 1837; departed this life
April 23, 1925 at the age of 86 years 6 months and 10 days.
In the year of 1859 she was untied in marriage to Lewis C. Rector. To this union were born eight children; three children
preceded the mother in death. The husband died in 1885.
She leaves to mourn her departure three sons Samuel of Osborn Ohio; Nathan W of Culver; Dow residing near the lake;
tow duaghters Mrs. George Garver of Argos; Mrs. F. M. Parker of Maxinkuckee; eleven grandchildren; eleven great
grandchildren besides a host o friends
She was a faithful friend and wise and devoted mother
In the year of 1889 she united with the Christain church at Maxinikuckee, which faith she chersihed throughout her life.
Sister Rector of Scotch Irish descent; with a primitive instinct which too root and has accomplished her share in laying
down th foundations of the commonwealth
At an early age she was left with the cares of a home by the death of her mother
In a little house, near the present site of the Maxinkuckee store, she was married. When not long in her new home the
dark clouds of the Civil war threatened to obscure her view of brightness. Her husband bade goodbyer to her and the
eldest son, Samuel. He went to the front; while he was in Camp Ellis a daughter was born, ELizabeth Ellis Garver.
She kept the good faith and when the cruel war was over, the family moved to Otumwa, Iowa,, where the resided for a
number of years.
Returning to Macinkuckee Lake where the remaining years of her life was spent.
In days prior to that growth and extent of our summer colony, she kept hotel.
Her guests-friends were legion being assured of kindness and most hospitable favors. As years advanced she was forced to
give up this work, she so much enjoyed and accepted the care and companionship of her children
One of the finest tributes, to the life of Grandma Rector was her love and interest in youth. No child knew her, but they
loved her. When all traces of her practical toil is gone, words of encouragement and acts of benevolence, which she gave
to children will flourish.
She grew old graciously, her love of the beautiful, made her presence a bright spot wherever she was.
Throughout her life she has preserved her spirit of praise, and maintained it as a fountain of sweetness and putiry.
We Walk alone, through all life's various ways
Through light and darkness; sorrow, joy and change,
And greetin each in each through passing days.
Still we are strange
But blessed though! we shall not always so
In darkness and in sadness walk walone
There comes a glorious day when we shal know
As we are known
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the many kind
deeds and tokens and words of sympathy during our recent sadness when
our mother, grand mother and great grand mother was taken to her
eternal reaward - The Rector Family. - Apri. 29, 1925
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