Alford, Mrs. J.A.

9/5/1941

MRS. J.A. ALFORD
c. 1892 - September 5, 1941
 
For nearly a quarter of a century Mrs. J. A. Alford was a devoted member of the preacher family of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church. She and Brother Alford were married on November 22, 1917. She was a model preacher’s wife, efficient, systematic, understanding and deeply spiritual. She loved the Methodist itinerancy, because she loved the Methodist Church— its doctrines and government. She had gifts and graces that qualified her as truly the pastor’s helpmeet wherever she went. She was educated and refined; a schoolteacher at one time with marked ability, and was at home in any company. She was a splendid musician and could play a number of instruments with skill. Her great delight was in teaching and training church choirs. She was for many years a leader in the Woman’s Missionary Society. She did much to promote the Daily Vacation Church Schools in churches of the vicinity where she lived.
The remarkable service of this remarkable woman was not an accident. Her parents before her, Jacob Kundert and Catherine Andrees, were Christians of a high order. They dedicated her to God in holy baptism when she was only a few days old and brought her up in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. She united with the Craps Street Methodist Church, now Second Church, in New Orleans, under the pastorate of Dr. J. A. B. Ahrens, when she was thirteen years of age. She lived a long and useful life in the church and was faithful to the end. She began her church life in the Craps Street Methodist Church, and while serving many churches in the Conference, she ended where she began. She passed to her Heavenly Home on September 5, 1941. She was truly a good woman.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 90-91, 1941 by W. W. Holmes.