MR. SARAH KENT RUTLEDGE
July 1, 1877-February 13, 1962
Mrs. Sarah Kent Rutledge was called to her eternal home on February 13, 1962. She was the widow of the late Rev. J. S. Rutledge, a widely known and well-loved pastor of yester-years in the Louisiana Conference. Following Rev. Rutledge’s death, April 11, 1933, Mrs. Rutledge, made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Monroe E. Milton of Denham Springs, La., for 29 years where she was adored by her grandchildren, and, in late years, was cared for by her daughter. Following many weeks illness in the Baton Rouge General Hospital, at age of 85, Mrs. Rutledge left this vale of tears and suffering for her eternal home of peace and rest.
On July 1, 1877, God sent a little girl to Calcasieu Parish, to the home of James Kent and Mary Frances Heard. Sarah Kent became a studious young woman, attending Mansfield Female College. Her desires for study, religious activity, and the making of a Christian home found fulfillment when on March 17, 1903, in Bon Ami, La., she united in Holy Matrimony to the Rev. J. S. Rutledge, the Rev. Hounton Armstrong officiating at the ceremonies. The young minister’s wife had her life filled with the duties and privilege of the parsonage, where, after her duties in the work of the church were accomplished, she found a happy life in the rearing of three fine children. Living in a home of culture and knowing the value of education refinement, she and her husband made many sacrifices to see that all three children should graduate from college. Each of the daughters became the mother of a fine Christian family, and the son, Glenn C. Rutledge is a teacher at State College, Mississippi.
The Sarah Kent Rutledge Circle of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of First Methodist Church, Denham Springs, named in honor of this minister’s wife, living in active retirement among these people, is significant of the esteem with which Mrs. Rutledge was held. She read her Bible daily, kept up with current events, and conversed with a clear and intelligent mind until the end. Her deep spiritual nature was tempered with a keen sense of humor, which made her a delight in any group. She always enjoyed good humorous stories and could tell one well. She never had much sympathy for herself, but even in her invalid years, endeavored to help and cheer those who were about her in worse condition than herself. Her radiant personality was seen in her delightful humor and inspiring life, and, often when her pastor would call to bring cheer, she would inspire him by her cheerfulness and interest in the church and its latest program. To meet a person was to know him, and she never forgot anyone. These qualities made her a jewel of the parsonage for many years, and the beloved in the community.
The body of Sarah Kent Rutledge was laid to rest in the Memorial Cemetery, Denham Springs. Funeral services were conducted at First Methodist Church by the pastor, Ted T. Howes, assisted by Rev. D. W. Poole, District Superintendent, and Rev. A. D. George and Rev. J. M. Causey. Of her loved ones left behind are two daughters, Mrs. J. Kline and :Mrs. Monroe Milton, a son, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1962; p. 255 By Ted T. Howes
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