Carley, Elizabeth Kling (Mrs. Henry T.)


May 16, 1888 - May 25, 1944
“It singeth low in every heart;
We hear it each and all—
A song of those who answer not,
However we may call.
They throng the silence of the breast,
We see them as of yore—
The kind, the true, the brave, the sweet,
Who walk with us no more.
Because of the itinerant form of our Methodist Ministry, death in a Methodist parsonage brings a peculiar sadness to a wide circle of acquaint-ances and friends among our church people. The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Camile Kling Carley in the parsonage home at Ponchatoula, La., brought sorrow, not only to the local community, but also in New Orleans, Shreveport, Ruston, and other places where Dr. Carley had served as minister; the news of her death stirred deepest emotion of appreciation, affection, sorrow, and sympathy.
Mrs. Carley began her career as a minister’s wife when she was only nineteen years of age, and in this capacity she served for thirty-seven years. During this time her husband was pastor, presiding elder, teacher at Centenary College, and editor of the New Orleans Christian Advocate. In whatever the field of service, Mrs. Carley was a helpmate indeed. Her adaptation to the many-sided work of the ministry and her devotion to it, and her willingness to make sacrifices for it, was the more remarkable in that she was born into a family of substantial means where there was always plenty and no necessity for economy. To pass from such a home into a Methodist parsonage called for many changes and re-adjustments, which only a great soul could meet. Mrs. Carley made this change with-out question and gladly reduced her wants to fit the parsonage budget— a task that was by no means easy.
Though inexperienced and untried she quickly adapted herself to the changed life and met faultlessly and faithfully every demand made upon her by her husband and her new position. She made an attractive home, a good mother, a true and faithful wife, a helpful friend and a sincere worker in the Master’s service. She will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved her.
The following is a brief chronological sketch of her life: She was born at Satartia, Mississippi, in Yazoo County, May 16, 1888. Her father, Monroe Kling, was of distinguished Jewish lineage; her mother, Elizabeth Wilson, was of Revolutionary ancestry. She was educated in the public schools of Satartia and Yazoo City and Judson College, Marion, Alabama, where her mother graduated. She joined the Methodist Church in her early youth, as did also her brother, Allen B. Kling, and her sister, Irene. On June 12, 1907, she was married to Rev. Henry T. Carley, a member of the Louisiana Conference, who at the time was pastor of the Parker Memorial Church in New Orleans. This was the happy beginning of her long, useful rife in a Methodist parsonage. While she was not in good health the last few years of her life, yet she kept up her usual activities until within a few months of her death. She died on Thursday, May 25, 1944. She was buried at Yazoo City, Mississippi, Friday morn-ing, May 26. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. J. Jones of Satartia in the Methodist Church in Yazoo City, from which her father, her mother and other members of her family were buried. Interment was in Glenwood cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Henry T. Carley, and their only child, a daughter, Camille Kling Carley; a sister, Mrs. S.C. Newman; and a whole host of friends who will long remember the beautiful life ended here, but just beginning in a better and brighter world.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 86-87, 1944 by W. W. Holmes

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