February 8, 1880 - 1951
|Mrs. Mary Elmie Mackay Kleinschmidt was born at Hope Villa, Louisiana, February 8, 1880. She was the daughter of Mr. Fred Mackay and Georgina Kimball Mackay. Mrs. Kleinschmidt received her education in a private school in Hope Villa. She gave her heart to Christ and united with the Methodist Church when but a girl at Meadow’s Chapel near Hope Villa. She was married to the Rev. W. D. Kleinschmidt on April 27, 1904. To this union was born three children. William Mackay Kleinscbmidt and Ruth Kleinschrnidt who survive her. Donald Frederick preceded her in death in 1930.
Mrs. Kleinschmidt was a sweet spirited, Christ like woman who inspir-ed those she met with her warm, loving, and cheerful personality. She loved God and the Church and made a real contribution through her work in the Missionary Society, the Church School, and the Choir. She received the life membership award from the WS.C.S. in Vivian in recognition of her faithful service. Those who knew her loved her and appreciated her consecrated life. She was truly a help-mate to her husband and served with him at the following appointments:
Keener Memorial, Baton Rouge; St. Francisville; Rayne; Zachary; Bonami; Jena; Athens; Louisiana Ave., New Orleans; Presiding Elder - Monroe District; Presiding Elder - Ruston District; Mangum Memorial, Shreveport; Vivian; Algiers; Park, Ave., Shreveport; Epworth; Coushatta; Springhill; Lecomte; Pollock; Boyce.
During the latter part of her life Mrs. Kleinschmidt suffered a great deal but through it all she was patient, hopeful, trusting the Lard. Through faith she beheld the “City that hash foundations whose builder and maker is God.” She left her sufferings behind and went to be with Christ on Jan-uary 6, 1951. Funeral Services were held at First Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana. She was laid to rest in Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana.
HOW BEAUTIFUL TO BE WITH GOD
How beautiful to be with God,
When earth is fading like a dream,
And from this mist-encircled shore
We launch upon the unknown stream.
No doubt, no fear, no anxious care,
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 178-179, 1951 by A. W. Townsend, Jr..|