the Grim Reaper has come into our midst and removed another of our
oldest residents, Mrs. Sarah
De Fields, who departed this life on Monday, 9 Jul, at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. John Terry of Waterford.
The deceased, whose
privilege it was to reach the remarkable age of 93 years 11 months
and 24 days, was the daughter of the late Bernard and Adelaide
In the year 1841 she was
united in marriage to the late Joseph De Fields. This union was
blessed by a family of four sons, Chas E. of Waterford, Joseph W. of
R. H. of North Tonawanda, John B. Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and three
daughters, one of whom died in infancy;
Emma died in 1873, and Mrs. John Terry of Waterford.
The late Mrs. De Fields
accepted Christ as her saviour many years ago, and lived a
consistent and exemplary Christian life all those years.
She had proved her love for
her Master and her patient submission to His holy will by always
being contented and satisfied with her lot in life and by never
murmuring or complaining because in late years, she had lost both
sight and hearing.
Her affliction deprived her
of enjoying Divine worship in the House of God, but she always
enjoyed a visit from her pastor.
There are many who can
testify to her nobility of character, for she was ever ready to
extend a helping hand and sympathy to those in affliction or sorrow.
Her youngest son, J. B. of
Niagara Falls spent the Saturday before her death at the bedside of
his mother, but had to return home Sunday. On Monday, in response to
the message announcing her death, he, in company with his brothers,
Jos. W. and R. H. returned to Waterford.
The sincere sympathy of
their many friends is extended to the bereaved family.
The funeral took place
Thursday at 2:30 p.m., interment being made in Greenwood Cemetery.
The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. R. Caldwell,
assisted by Rev. J. B. Moore. A number were present from Simcoe,
Brantford and Windsor, besides her sons from the American side.