Randolph County, Indiana
The Winchester Journal
Elizabeth A. Bowen, daughter of Ephriam and Ruth Bowen, was born near Spartanburg, Indiana, on the 21st day of December, 1842; departed this life at her home in Spartanburg, the 13th day of July, 1927, aged 85 years, 6 months and 22 days.
July 21, 1927
The early part of her life was devoted to the usual home duties and attendance at the district schools later entering a higher institution of learning at Centerville and obtaining what was termed at that time a liberal education. Upon leaving college she entered the school room teaching the home school, White Hall, Harts Glory and at Pleasant Point, two miles north of Spartanburg.
At the age of eighteen she united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Spartanburg and remained a faithful member of this denomination until her death sixty-seven years later. Although for years deprived of the privilege of attending church in person her spiritual and financial support was a part of her Christian privilege. During the last year of her life Mrs. Wise thoroughly enjoyed the boradcasted sermons, attending morning devotional services in the spirit of a true and devoted christian.
She was united in marriage to John C. Wise in the month of June, 1868, to which there were born five children, namely, Marcus, Altha, Will, George and Harry, all of whom resided near their mother at the time of her death.
The husband and father was taken away from this family on the 3rd day of December, 1884, leaving the widowed mother the responsibility of caring for her five children the oldest being fourteen years of age and the youngest seven. From this cloud of gloom and sorrow the finest qualities of noble motherhood shed its influence upon this family. Handicapped from childood with a broken body she courageously took up the labors of the task and only those who witnessed the sacrifices she made can testify as to the earnestness and sincerity of her life of devotion to her family. Her children can in truth rise up and call her Blessed.
She leaves a sister, Hannah Wise, of Union City, Indiana, and a brother, Squire C. Bowen, of Spartanburg, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving siser, and to her five children, eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren she leaves as an example a life of devotion, sacrifice, kindness and love, the memory of which will be an insperation to the higher and better things in the hereafter.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
WISE --, Infant s/o MartIn and Leila, d. near Dunklrk, Jay Co. Ind. and brought to Unionport for burial.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah
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