Bamburg, Celia Lindsey (Mrs. R.H.)


June 15, 1878 - February 23, 1936
On Sunday morning, at 10:20 a.m., February 23, 1936, about the time she was always ready to go to Sunday school and church, the spirit of Mrs. R. H. Bamburg, nee Celia Lindsey, wife of Rev. R. H. Bamburg, writer of this memoir, was borne away to the bosom of the Heavenly Father in whose kingdom she had labored so long and faithfully.
It may be somewhat out of the ordinary for the husband to write the memoir of the wife, but as one who knew her best I see no reason why I should not be accorded this privilege.
Celia was born near Coushatta, La., June 15, 1878, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in early childhood, at old Armstead Chapel Church, in which cemetery her body is now resting, awaiting the resurrection. Celia came of old-time Methodist stock, the second daughter of Jerry and Molley Lindsey.
We were married December 29, 1895. 1 can truly say that in our courtship and married life I found nothing mean or vulgar in Celia’s life. She was devoted to her family and her Church. Celia was a perfect mother. When our children were married, their companions became one of her own brood and she mothered them also.
As a wife, my will was her will. Wherever we were sent she went and took up her work, our work, with all her might. I was pastor in four different states: Louisiana, Arkansas, California, and Oregon. In’ all these different states she made true and lasting friends, who loved her unto the end.
Celia was a born leader. She loved people and knew how to make them her friends. She was equally at home among people of high or low degree. Hers was a strength of intelligence, an ideal of integrity, a wealth of sympathy, a quality of loyalty and courage, a sincere faith in God and a resolute purpose and capacity to serve—rarely seen combined in such liberal measure in any one life. If I have ever amounted to anything in the ministry, she had more to do with it than any other one person on earth.
Celia was the mother of five children, all of whom survive: three daughters, Mrs. Grace Bamburg Frank, Belle Plaine, Minnesota; Mrs. Mollie Bamburg Pepper, Goodpine, Louisiana; Mrs. Sallie Bamburg Burton, Oil City, Louisiana; two sons, Herman and Schuhle Bamburg, Houston, Texas.
Just across the bridge of years, dear,
Hand and hand we drifted on
While love stars kept brightly burning,
And life seemed all a song.

Now you have gone away and left me,
Still this thought my heart it cheers;
Robed in white I know you wait me
Just across the bridge of years.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 98-99, 1936, by R. H. Bamburg (Read by A. S. Lutz)

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