Obituary contributed by Sheila Cadwalader.


Obituary from: Times, December 28, 1927

          Ada Lee, daughter of J. R. and Martha Lee, born Nov. 16, 1867, near McLeansboro, Ill., and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. O. Carlton, of West Frankfort, Ill., Nov 27, 1927, after a lingering illness of eleven months.  She was aged 60 years and 11 days.

           On July 4, 1885, she was united in marriage to Thomas R Dixon of Griffin, Ind., where they lived until the death of Mr. Dixon.  To this union were born three children, two of whom died in infancy.  Mrs. Golda Carlton of West Frankfort survives.  After the death of Mr. Dixon in 1893 the deceased made her home with her father and brother for a number of years.  She was united in marriage a second time to W. H. Marquis of Macedonia, Ill., in September 1904.  This union was blest with one child, Donald, who also survives his mother and makes his home in West Frankfort, Ill.

           She was converted at the early age of twelve years and united with the Antioch Baptist Church, of which she remained a faithful and consistent member until the Master Reaper came to say, “It is enough, come up higher and enter into the joys of the Lord.”  Thus there has been an experience of 48 years in which she served the Lord, and it can be said of her as it was of David of old, “And she served God in her own generation.”  One of her greatest delights was to be in attendance upon the services at the house of God.  She delighted to be in her place and bear her part of the load of Christian service. One of the sweetest tributes that can be expressed of anyone is that of a well spent life, and in this one we may say that a full half century of such service in serving God and rearing a family to do likewise is a joy to her unspeakable, as she has heard the summons of God.  May such an example be emulated by all her relatives and friends.

          She had been confined to her bed for the past eleven months. In the latter part of July she was removed to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carlton, in West Frankfort, where she was nursed and cared for by the best of medical science and tender affection that only a daughter could give.  She did not want for anything, but bore her affliction and pain in the Spirit of the Christ, saying that she would like to live, but if it were the Lord’s will that she was ready to go.  She often expressed her hope of heaven and mentioned to her loved ones the need of being ready to meet her in heaven.

          She leaves to mourn he loss a husband, W. H. Marquis, of Macedonia, Ill, three sisters, Betty Phillips, Louisa Benbrook and Lillie Goss; four half-brothers, Rev. R W Lee of West Frankfort, Jim Lee of McLeansboro, John Plasters and Jarret Plasters, both of Macedonia, and her aged mother, Mrs. Martha Lee of McLeansboro, Ill, who is past her 90th milestone in life; one daughter, Mrs. H. O. Carlton and one son, Donald Marquis, both of West Frankfort;  one step-daughter, Tona Marquis Lee; three grandchildren, Wilma Carlton of Murfreesboro, Tenn, Maurice Carlton and Betty June Marquis of West Frankfort.  Besides all these there are a great host of relatives and friends to miss her in the walks of this life, but all have the assurance that, if the lives of all such are well spent there shall be a happy reunion around the throne of God.

          One sister, Minnie Lee, and brother, Emeson Lee, with whom the deceased made her home for years after the death of her first husband have preceded her in death, as well as two half sisters, Mrs. Sarilda Vise and Clara Reed.

           “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”  So as we think of these words of our Master we may only say that we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope in Christ, therefore, we now resign our wills to His and say, “Lord, we know that thou dost best.”

Thou, thou alone, shall dwell forever,
And still shall recollection trace
In fancy’s mirror, ever near,
Each smile, each tear, upon that face __
Though lost to sight, to memory dear.

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