January 21, 1863 - June 30, 1946
|Mrs. I. T. Reames was born at Clinton, Louisiana, January 21, 1863, and departed this life June 30, 1946, at the age of eighty-three. She was buried at Vivian, Louisiana, where she and Brother Reames had lived since his retirement from the active ministry.
Not only did her death mark the end of a long earthly career of Christian service, but it also ended on this earth a beautiful and in-spiring marriage career that lasted almost sixty years. On their wedding anniversary in October of this year her faithful companion, now left alone in their Vivian home, wrote:
“Beyond the sunset may we spend
Delightful days that never end”
During forty years of the itinerant ministry that carried her over the State of Louisiana and into the far western states of Montana and Oregon she was in every way a faithful helper and devoted companion, “in sickness and in health.” Although her first interest lay in the welfare of her husband at all times, she nevertheless was a ready and capable worker in every phase of the church program. Her instant services and gentle spirit brought to her an ever-increasing host of admiring friends wherever her husband was assigned during his ministry. In her declining years, after retirement in Vivian, she continued her loyal devotion to all interests of the Kingdom and enjoyed the loving ministrations of dear friends of former years.
Her quick mind brought many bright and helpful sayings to her husband and circle of friends, the following being a few most often remembered:
“If every one tried as hard as I do to live right,
wouldn’t want a better place to live than this old world.”
“I’ll not have to account at the judgment for
mistreating a child or a negro.”
“The Methodist Church is my church. I belong to it
and it belongs to me. I’m going to attend even if
the Bishop sends ‘Old Nic’ as the pastor.”
Mrs. I. T. Reames has indeed “finished her course” upon this earth, but “henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of right-eousness” for work well done and a life well lived.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 104-105, 1946 by Van Carter.|