Doss, Mabel Lea (Mrs. W.L., Jr.)


March 6, 1882 - June 10, 1935
Mrs. Mabel Lea Doss, daughter of Hampton Muse Lea and Rhoda Worthy Lea, was born near Jackson, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, March 6, 1882. Her primary education was received under a family tutor at the old homestead and it was completed at Feleciana Female Collegiate Institute, from which she was graduated in 1902. After teaching for a time at Slaughter, La., and returning to live with her father and mother in the plantation home, she was married to Rev. NV. L. Doss, Jr., April 3, 1907, who was then stationed at Patterson, Louisiana. Dr. A. Keller Doss, the only child of this happy union, is now doing graduate work tn medicine at the University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before their marriage, Dr. Doss had been accepted as a volunteer for the mission field and she bad gladly given her consent to share life with him as a missionary. Her physical examination was not approved by the Board of Missions, and then, with a ready mind and a glad heart, for twenty-eight years she gave of her best to the toils and triumphs of the pastorate in her native State. She was never robust and strong in body, but there was ample compensation for her physical lack in her faith and Christian devotion. In spite of the ills to which her body was a prey, she did a worthy part nobly and uncomplainingly. She kept a lovely home, her hospitality was a joy to all who crossed the threshold of her parsonage home, and not even her closest friends’ ever dreamed of the cost and sacrifice of her service for the Church. Her suffering wee largely an unrevealed chapter of her beautiful life, and when, on June 10, 1935, she met the angels they gently wiped away the marks of pain and anguish that had brought her body down, and her soul passed in triumph through the gates of the eternal morning. Her tired and pain-racked body sleeps in a lovely spot of the little cemetery at Homer, Louisiana; a wide circle of friends who loved her will cherish her memory and they will not forget her grave, and a wider host who shared her Christian experience and her immortal hope expect to meet her again in that home of the soul, where pain and sorrow never come and where no good-byes are ever heard.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 88-89, 1935, by W. L. Duren

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