Grace Aletha Webb Matheny

Contributed by Jim Simmons.  Thanks, Jim

Pub. Times, October 19, 1918

        Grace Aletha Webb Matheny,  beloved wife of Omer Matheny, passed into the great beyond Oct. 1, 1918 from her home at 3201 W. 63rd Place, Chicago.

        She was born April 20, 1890.  Her father was Charles Webb and mother Telia Webb.  She was the oldest of a family of eight children of whom Gus and Wesley, soldier boys, Mary, Mrs. Geneva Martin, Morris and Eugene remain to mourn their loss.  Sister Isabela was waiting on the other shore to receive her.  She also leaves behind Grandmother Lasater, other relatives and a host of friends.  She was married August 28, 1912 to Omer Matheny who is heart broken over the loss of one of the best of God-given companions.  Their home life was ideally happy, which makes the parting almost unendurable.  Grace became a Christian more that 12 years ago and joined the Methodist church at Webb's Chapel.  Her life radiated the Christ life.  She died with the cheerful words, "Omer, I'll be with you always," and sang her way into eternity.  Death came with startling rapidity as she was sick but four days with the dread disease pneumonia.  It was a stroke of lightning from a clear sky to her relatives and host of friends whom her wonderfully sweet and lovable disposition drew to her wherever she went.  The common expression about her Chicago home was "I loved her like a sister."  With our human limitations it is hard to explain why life is cut short in the full bloom of the best things in life when all its relations are so sweet and tender.  "Her sun is gone down while it is yet day."  But the Christian hope of immortality comes to soothe and promises to right seeming injustice of untimely death.  We who are left behind must lean heavily on the Almighty in times of deepest sorrow.  Our hearts go out in tenderest sympathy for the bereaved husband parents, brothers, sisters in this time of gloom.  But even sorrow may bring blessings in disguise.  Our faces must turn heavenward when we shall meet on the other shore, "where no night comes" and "sorrow never enters."

        Funeral services were held at Webb's Chapel on October 5th at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. M. Prince, after which the body was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery at McLeansboro.

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