December 17, 1849 - June 11, 1911
|Mrs. Pauline Glass Handle, daughter of Dr. Thos. A. Glass and Mrs. Sarah Grigsby Glass, was born in what was then Claiborne Parish, La., fourteen mile north of Minden, December 17, 1849.
In order that she might continue her education without interruption, her father placed her in school in Texas during the civil war. At the close of this trying period, she entered Minden College, where so many of the young women of North Louisiana received a liberal education, and here she was graduated in 1867.
After graduation, she engaged in teaching two years and on January 6, 1870, was married to Rev. Robt. Randle, a young itinerant Methodist preacher, then just beginning his notably useful career in the Louisiana Conference.
She publicly confessed her Saviour and became a member of the M. E. Church, South, in August, 1860, after which time she led a life of heroic and unswerving devotion to her Master until her recent death, sharing all the trials and all the glorious successes that fall to the lot of the family of the Methodist itinerant.
She was the mother of six children, four of whom have grown to mature life, and in their careful rearing and education, she literally invested herself, teaching school to assist in defraying expenses, and Summoning every power of h-er being to work until this task was accomplished. Her heart has been gladdened by seeing them all enter upon life well equipped in culture and character.
Sister Handle was a woman of cultivated mind and natural ability, and the field of h-er usefulness has been large. Though quiet and unobtrusive, her charm and grace of manner have touched and quickened many lives outside of the home circle which was so truly sanctified by her presence. She was a most true type of the faithful preacher’s wife, in perfect sympathy with the passion to serve Christ and the world that burns in the soul of her husband ever inspiring and cheering him in the face of trials that would otherwise have been very difficult to bear, unselfish and self-sacrificing, an intelligent counselor and a genuine help-meet, She filled nobly her place in this world and has taken a worthy place In the world invisible. Her spirit abides here as a perpetual presence.
For a number of years Sister Handle was in failing health, and she passed away in peaceful triumph over suffering and death on Sunday morning, June 11, in Cotton Valley, La., not very far from the place of her birth and childhood home.
Her body was laid to rest in the Minden cemetery after impressive services conducted by
Brothers, D. C. Barr and W. J. Porter. The sympathy of all the church goes Out to the bereaved family and especially to our bereaved brother, who must travel down the hill of life without the cheer of her companionship.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1911, page 59, by H. H. Wynn.|