|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1825|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 1913|
"Death of Edgar County Pioneer - - Grandma Parker was the oldest resident of this section of Illinois.
Mrs. Susan Emmaline Parker, better known over the country as Grandma Parker, answered the death summons call of her Master at 20 minutes past 8 o'clock Thursday evening, Feb. 6, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Martin, near Brocton, Ill., at the ripe old age of 87 years, five months, and 25 days.
Grandma was born in Alabama August 12, 1825, and moved to this state when she was five years old. Her father entered several hundred acres of land near where Ashmore now is, and she lived there with her parents until 3 years later they were called away by death, and Grandma was left an orphan at the age of eight years. She lived with a sister until 1843 when she was united in marriage to John Parker who preceded her to the better world twelve yers ago.
To this union were born 10 children of whom six have gone on before, waiting for mother on the beautiful shore where parting will be no more and there will be no farewell tears to shed. Grandma leaves four children to mourn her loss: Mrs. John Poor of Oakland, IL., Mrs. Will Tuttle of Hindsboro, IL, Tep Parker of Terre Haute, IN., and Mrs. George Martin of Brocton. Also 46 grandchildren and 86 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Grandma had lots of friends for she was always a friend to everybody, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need or in sickness. It never got too bad for her to go and do all she could. Grandma gave homes to the homeless and cared for the orphans, the widows, and never turned anyone away from her door hungry.
Grandma was one of the oldest pioneers of this county, living for almost 83 years, not over 19 or 20 miles from where she first entered land after the journey from Alabama.
Grandma gave her heart to God, and became a Christian at the age of 15 years, and had ever since been a constant Christian worker. For almost 73 years, she served her Lord and Master. Grandma was the last one to go of a family of 12 children. Her maiden name was Susan Emmaline McAllister.
Rev. Blyth preached the funeral at the Antioch church, of which she is one of the first members. He preached a good sermon. The lesson he read was Second Timothy, 4th Chapter, and from the 6th and 9th verses: "For I am now ready to be offered and the time for my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kep the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall five me at that day and not for me only, but unto all them also that love his offering."
Six of her grandsons acted as pallbearers: Harve Louthan of Mattoon, Henry Louthan of Doran, Ill., Reuben Tuttle of Oakland, Bert Tuttle of Hindsboro, and John and Harve Martin of Brocton, Ill.
The choir sang the following beautiful songs: "On the Banks Beyond the Stream", "There Will be No Dark Valley When Jesus Comes", Beautiful Isle" and several others.
May God bless them, one and all that attended the funeral for dear old mother and grandmother, and God bless our dear friends and neighbors that were so good to come and help take care of Grandma at any time she needed them, day or night. They were always ready and willing to do all they could. Grandma was confined to her bed almost six months.
Dearest Mother, thou hast left us
The Loss we deeply feel
But this God that has befeft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again, we hope to meet you
When this day of life has fled;
There in Heaven we will know and greet you
Where no farewell tears are shed.
Daniel Jefferson McAlister (1780 - 1836)
Susan Cowan McAlister (1793 - 1834)
John X Parker (1818 - 1900)*
Daniel Harvey Parker (1844 - 1875)*
Nancy Jane Parker Louthan (1847 - 1906)*
Luetisha E. Parker Browning (1849 - 1878)*
Caleb Robinson Parker (1856 - 1935)*
Matilda Catherine "Kate" Parker Poore (1857 - 1946)*
Anna Mary Susan Parker Martin (1859 - 1937)*
John M. Parker (1861 - 1899)*
Hannah Rachel Parker Tuttle (1863 - 1950)*
John Mitchel McAlister (1812 - 1837)*
Nancy M. McAlister Reed (1814 - 1853)*
Daniel Maclin McAlister (1817 - 1844)*
Elizabeth Ann McAlister Newberry (1821 - 1884)*
Samuel Harvey McAlister (1823 - 1870)*
Susan Emaline McAlister Parker (1825 - 1913)
William Finley McAlister (1827 - 1861)*
Mathew Houston McAlister (1829 - 1848)*
Created by: Jim Wierman
Record added: Jun 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38646363