-Sept. 21, 1929
|Mrs. Leon I. McCain, wife of Rev. Leon I. McCain, was born in the home of her grandparents at Centerville, Miss., and died Sept. 21, 1929, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Petty, 1128 Amelia Street, New Orleans, dying, as she had always lived, in the triumph of a living faith.
Sister McCain was converted In her girlhood under the ministry of Rev. J. J. Smylie at Abbeville, La., where her parents were then residing, and from that eventful hour ever lived a beautiful, consecrated Christian life until the day her Master bade her lay aside her cares and labors here and come home with him.
On Nov. 9, 1904, at Crowley, La., Sister McCain was most happily married to Rev. Leon I. McCaln of the Louisiana Conference, of which union was born one son, Irwin, now practicing law in New Orleans. He was a star student at Tulane University, from which Institution he graduated with honors a few years ago.
Sister McCain was a faithful and noble preacher’s wife and bore heroically, with her husband, the hardships and trials, as well as the peculiar Joys, of our itinerancy, never complaining, however rugged the way, or discouraging the prospect. She was indeed a noble, courageous and wonderfully qualified helpmeet, bearing with sublime patience and fortitude her share of the onerous burdens of her faithful pastor-husband. She was a most consecrated Christian, a faithful and devoted wife and a loving and tender mother. The writer of these lines has been a frequent guest in their home and he has never known a more beautiful Christian home than the home of these faithful servants of God.
In 1915, Brother McCain’ s health failing, they went West for climate and treatment. During the serious illness of her husband, Sister McCain’ s devotion to him was tender and beautiful as the ministry of a mother and his ready response to treatment when his recovery was doubtful, was due largely, if not entirely, to her skilful nursing and her earnest prayers. Lonely indeed must be the estate of the bereaved husband who must bide the time of his summons to the fairer world where joyous will be the glorious reunion; and sad indeed is the lot of the noble son without the gentle ministries of mother. Her last words were: “It Is not hard to die when you are ready,” and she was most certainly ready. Her husband writes: “Oh how beautiful heaven is.” His interests there are vastly enhanced since she awaits him there. She urged and exhorted all her loved ones to meet her in heaven and I am persuaded they will. How radiantly beautiful was her translation! “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors.”
J. W. Lee
|Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 102-103, 1927|