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Laura Catherine Hunsaker Gates
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Birth: Nov. 7, 1852
Alexander County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 1900
Illinois, USA

DEATH OF MRS WHITE.Her Demise Was a Loss to the Entire Community.

Funeral Services Held at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday Afternoon - Life Sketch of a Noble Woman.

The funeral of Mrs. William White was held yesterday afternoon. Services were held in the Presbyterian church at 1:30 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Knox, and Rev. C. T. Phillips, who arrived from Princeville, Illinois, last night, made appropriate remarks. The remains were taken to Beech Grove Cemetery for interment.

It is believed as late as Sunday evening that Mrs. White would survive the attack of heart trouble. Although she was very bad after her sister's death on the 19th, she rallied when medical aid was brought to bear on her case. Sunday evening a change for the worse came, and she passed away at 1:30 Monday morning, just one week after the death of her sister, Mrs. Julia Weiman. Up to the very last her minds was strong and active, and she made every preparation that it was possible for her to make for her death. Her only desire seemed to be that she might return home to die.

Mrs. White went out to Thebes on the 15th. The exposure to the trip and the anxiety over her sister's illness and death, brought a return of heart trouble, to which she was subject, and there in the country, where it was unable to secure the comforts and attention which she so greatly needed, the disease wrought its terrible work. The neighbors were all most kind and everything that could possibly be done for her was done, but the situation was not favorable for the successful handling of her case.

Mrs. Laura C. White was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Hunsaker. She was born in Cairo on Nov. 7, 1852, and was therefore 47 years old last November. She spent her whole life in this county, her father having been one of the prominent men of the county in past days and at one time sheriff.

Mrs. White was married twice. Her first husband, John Gates, died in 1888. They had three children who now survive her - John, Jeannette and Lloyd Gates.

About ten years ago Mrs. White married William White. They had no children.

Mrs. White leaves also her mother, who is 73 years old, and one sister, Miss May Hunsaker. She also had a brother, Henry, who died a few years ago. His widow lives at Flora, Illinois, and was so prostrated with the news of Mrs. White's death that she was unable to come. Her son, Walter Hunsaker, arrived to attend the funeral.

It is hard to realize that Mrs. William White is dead. She has been such a force here—so active, so unselfish in her labors, so kind to all. And that death should come to her in this way! When she had ministered to so many, many people, in their hours of affliction, it seemed very hard that all these friends were denied the privilege of lovingly ministering to her wants in her last hours.

If only she had been at home, where friends could have performed kind, loving deeds, which they were so willing and eager to perform, her last hours might have been easier. At least the knowledge that she had so many devoted would have rejoiced her heart.

Mrs. White was certainly one who went about doing good. She worked in a quiet unostentatious way, never letting her right hand know what her left hand was doing. She was ever on the lookout for strangers who needed a welcoming hand, for persons in trouble who needed kind words of sympathy. She was generous with her time, and generous with her means for others. Her life was as Chistlike as can be lived by a human being.

In her death the Children's Home at DuQuoin has lost a valuable supporter. Mrs. White's home was a sort of branch of the DuQuoin institution. If any little waif was found that needed care until provision could be made for it, it was always taken to Mrs. White and there it found shelter. She always found time to take these little ones under her wing, and yet she was a very busy woman. And the occasions when some little one was stopping in her house, were very, very, frequent.
In the Presbyterian church Mrs. White was one of the most earnest, faithful members. She was treasurer of the Ladies Aid Society at her death. She was a worker in all departments of the church. She taught a class in the Sunday school, she attended the services of the church with the greatest regularity.

Mrs. White never took time for ease and enjoyment although she was able to do so. She was a hard working woman—toiling on and on for others. She had a family of her own, and she helped her husband in the store, yet she found time for a multitude of other things. Her talent seemed to be for faithful unselfish work, and the talent grew and multiplied, and brought forth a hundred fold.

Her memory and her example will never be forgotten by the lives which she blessed.

The funeral of Mrs. William White was held at the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased, and the service was very sad and touching, so that there was not a dry eye in the church.
The music had all been selected by Mrs. White herself for this occasion, and consisted of "The Holy City," by Miss Effie Lansden, and "Lead Kindly Light," and "My Jesus As Thou Wilt," by the choir. Rev. Dr. Knox conducted the service, and was assisted by Rev. Scarritt and Dr. Gee, but Rev. C. T. Phillips, her former pastor, made the address and during the course of his remarks he told of some of her many good deeds.

He told of the 68 little ones she had rescued and cared for, until they could be provided with homes by the Children's Home Society, and the places she had gone in order to carry assistance or comfort to persons in need. His remarks were filled with love and pathos. At the conclusion of the ceremony the casket, heavily laden with flowers was gently borne out, and followed by the sorrowing crowd, was taken to Beech Grove Cemetery, where it was laid away.

(John Gates married Laura Hunsaker on 27 Aug 1874, in Alexander County, Illinois ... William White married Mrs. Laura C. Gates on 8 Apr 1890, in Alexander County, Illinois — Darrel Dexter)

Family links: 
  Nicholas Hunsaker (1826 - 1892)
  Adelia Worthington Hunsaker (1824 - 1902)
  John Gates (1836 - 1887)
  Winnifred A Gates (1871 - 1879)*
  John Herman Gates (1875 - 1939)*
  Adeliah Leah Gates (1879 - ____)*
  Mary Jeannette Haynes (1881 - 1955)*
  Lloyd Rowen Gates (1882 - 1962)*
  George W Gates (1887 - 1887)*
  Henry Harrison Hunsaker (1850 - 1889)*
  Laura Catherine Hunsaker Gates (1852 - 1900)
  John Hodges Hunsaker (1854 - 1859)*
  Julia Alice Hunsaker Weiman (1857 - 1900)*
  William Charles Hunsaker (1858 - 1859)*
  Rosanna May Hunsaker Culp (1861 - 1926)*
  Florence Hunsaker (1862 - 1868)*
*Calculated relationship
Beech Grove Cemetery
Pulaski County
Illinois, USA
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