Sayers, Mrs. Newton L.


July 23, 1859 - October 31, 1956
Mrs. N. L. Sayers, widow of the Reverend N. L. Sayers of the Louisiana Methodist Conference, was born July 23, 1859 at Senatobia, Mississippi and after a useful, wonderful Christian life of ninety-seven years, went to her eternal home on October 31, 1956. Her burial was in New Orleans.
She was married to the Reverend Sayers on March 21, 1877, became part of the Methodist Church in Marshall, Texas on February 3, 1878 and for almost a century lived as a devoted wife, mother, lady of the parsonage and one of God’s home missionaries. Her husband’s ministry included many missions along the bayous In St. Martin’s Parish and the building of churches at Kinder, Bayou Plaquemine, Bayou Chene, Grand River and others. As his helpmeet she labored lovingly and unselfishly by his side in this work among many South Louisiana people who loved and appreciated such a sacrificial ministry.
Mrs. Sayers will long be remembered, not only- for her faithful church and community service, but for the fine Christian home in which she and her husband reared a family of ten children who have carried on in their lives the Christian teachings and spirit of their parents, and seven of whom survive her. They are Mrs. T. L. McGee, Pelican, La.; Mrs. C. L. Ford, New Orleans; Mrs. E. L. Martin, New Orleans; Mrs. Coleman Constance, Virginia; Mrs. N. L. Hiriart, New Orleans; Mrs. Annie Case, Alexandria, and Mr. N. L. Sayers, Albany, Georgia.
Memories of their mother’s loving and sacrificial spirit linger in the lives of her children and have helped them to be staunch, loyal Christian laymen. As they recall her outpouring of love on needy people and friends, her ability to supplement the often-small salary of her preacher husband so as to supply necessities for the children, and her sweet Christ-like acceptance of such circumstances, they pay tribute in their own lives to her magnificent example.
A great Christian like Mrs. Sayers lives forever in her children, in her home communities and in the lives of countless people of her churches who are the better because she passed their way. Such a saint of God can never die.
Louisiana Methodism misses her deeply and owes her a debt it can never repay. It is my privilege to be the pastor of her daughter, Mrs. Case, and it is through her fine memories of her mother that I am permitted to write these memoirs.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 176-177, 1957 by Guy M. Hicks.

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