December 5, 1884 - October 28, 1925
|Lillie May Vaden was born near Waverly, Tennessee, December 5, 1884; made a profession of faith in Christ and joined the church at the age of twelve; was married to Rev. W. 0. Wagoner October 3, 1902, and died October 28, 1925. She was the mother of five children, all living. She was a sincere Christian, and, with domestic care and devotion to her family, she found time actively to engage in other Christian duties. She was kind to all, a good neighbor, and was loved by those who knew her.
She was a devoted wife and mother, who tried to rear her children in the fear and love of God. During the last five years of her life she was often a sufferer, but she bore her bodily pain bravely and patiently and, at the last, when weary and worn by disease, she said, “I am tired,” and soon laid down her burdens. She suffers no more, no more with weary tread and flagging physical force does she, journey thither-ward. The narrow stream is crossed, burdens are laid aside, palms of victory she waves, a crown of glory she wears. Death had no sting, the grave could boast no victory; her blood-bought spirit, disencumbered of its earthly load, winged its joyous flight to the far away home of the soul, evermore to look upon the King in his beauty, and to join in the rapturous refrain, “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and bath made us kings and priests; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.”
May the blessings of God be upon and continue with the sorrowing husband and children, and may they so live that they may be reunited in the house of many mansions.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1925, Pages 115, by K. W. Dodson|