Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

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 this community.

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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