Monday, November 15, 2010

Obituary: Fannie Voller

Closed Beautifully When Fanny J. Voller Passed Away.

Noble Woman. Fanny Julia [H]arlow was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, December 18, 1856. She died at Franklin, Friday evening, February 9, 1906. In 1881 she was married to John Voller. He and the six children, Harry, Elizabeth, Harlow, John, Charlotte and Marion, survive her. How well she fulfilled her duties as a wife and mother the husband and the children know. Their loss is beyond estimate.

Loved By All. As a neighbor Mrs. Voller was much loved and respected. It is unlikely that any one of her numerous friends and neighbors ever heard an unfriendly criticism of her. Her cordial relation with her neighbors is illustrated by an incident at the funeral. A lady said:

“I am going to this funeral. I loved this woman. I have lived neighbor to her for two years. Whenever my path seemed crossed with shadows, or I experienced any discontent it was my wont to go to this aged lady and talk with her. I found comfort.”

Courage in Affliction. When it became known that Mrs. Voller was afflicted with an incurable disease, she did not murmur, but met her strong enemy with her usual courage. With the spirit of absolute resignation, she was willing to avail herself of any means that would promise to lengthen her days. No expense or care was spared. With strong hopes she was taken to Binghampton, New York, for treatment. She passed her time there with cheerfulness and patience, although she must have felt in her heart the hopelessness of her condition. She came back to Franklin a few weeks ago with a full knowledge that the end could not be very far away. She said: “I will be brave,” as she certainly had been brave for many months before.

Strong Faith. One who is qualified to speak of this noble woman says: “Her faith was strong and abiding. She believed in God as her father and in Christ as her Savior. When she was about to leave the hospital for home, one of the nurses asked whether or not she was afraid to undertake as long a journey along. She replied that she was not going alone. When the nurse asked who was going with her, she replied, ‘Jesus Christ.’ And on her death bed she gave most beautiful testimony of a Christian’s trust and a Christian’s submission. She passed to her death peacefully and quietly. She was resigned to her fate and went to enjoy the blessedness which remains for those who die in the Lord. She was afforded the happiness to bestow her last look upon all of her loved ones who were gathered at her bedside.”

“Beautiful toiler, thy work all done:
Beautiful soul, into glory gone;
Beautiful life with its crown now won,
God giveth thee rest.”

Related post, 1880: When John Met Fannie.
Tomorrow, what about Fannie’s treatment in New York?

The Lebanon Press, Lebanon, Ohio, February 15, 1906


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