Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mrs. Levina Edie

Mrs. Levina Edie (nee Parlmer), Born in Fayette county, Penn., October 5, 1814; died at her home in Judsonia, January 5, 1897 aged 82 years and 3 months. On February 20, 1834, she was married to Mr. Thos. Edie in Ohio, who preceded her in death by fourteen years. In 1835 she was converted and later baptized into the fellowship of Fowler's Run Baptist church in Harrison county, Ohio. In 1853, with her family, she moved to Iowa, where with her husband she became a constituent member of two new Baptist churches, and with her money and labor helped to build them up, thereby leaving monuments of her faith in God and zeal for his cause. In 1878 she, with her husband came to Judsonia, Ark., where she remained until her death.
"Mother" Edie's faith in her God ever grew stronger. And the burdens and infirmities of a life of 82 years she never thought sufficient excuse for not going to church. If the day was suitable and she could possibly walk to the church, a distance of a quarter of a mile, she was sure to be in her place in church. Infirmities of age and loss of hearing have kept many away from church, but her heart she gave to God and her body to his service. To her pastor, not long since, she said in substance: " I have been serving my Lord more than sixty years." Her pastor asked: "you are not tired of this service yet, are you Mother Edie?" She replied: No, praise the Lord, I'm not tired of serving him yet. But it will not be long until I go home where I can always praise him and serve him better than I ever have in this world."
Mother Edie's life was worth living. Her heart was full of love and good will for all whom she met, and was sufficient to stop the blasphemy of any infidel. Her influence was sweet and powerful, and she will ever live in the hearts of her two children, Mr. J.W. Edie of Little Rock, and Mrs. M.A. Wagner of Judsonia, Ark. and the seventeen grandchildren and twenty greatgrandchildren. The funeral service was held in the Baptist church in Judsonia, conducted by Eld. E.C. Lite, i the presence of a large concourse of mourning friends.

Arkansas Baptist, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 20, 1897, page 15

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