Obituary contributed by Sheila Cadwalader.
ADA (LEE) (DIXON) MARQUIS
from: Times, December 28, 1927
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.
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