|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1862|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1903|
From the Skidmore Standard, December 8, 1903, page 4:
"Laura Belle Grigsby was born in Nodaway county, Mo., August 28, 1862 and spent all her life in this community. She was converted and joined the M. E. church at the age of 13 and has lived faithful ever since. She took special educational work in the Maryville High School.
October 18, 1882 she was united in marriage to Frederick C. Barber, who, with two sons, her father and mother and brother are left to mourn the going of one of the sweetest Christian characters God ever gave breath."
From the Skidmore Standard, December 11, 1903, page 1:
Laura Belle, only daughter of Captain and Mrs. John Grigsby, was born on the Grigsby homestead in Burr Oak Grove, Nodaway County, Missouri, August 28, 1862, and died at her own home, within a half mile of the place of her birth, December 6, 1903, aged 41 years, 3 months and 7 days.
At the age of 13 years she was converted and joined the M. E. church, since which time her life has been a living epistle, known and read of all men. Her motto for Christian work might well have been, 'What ever the hands find to do, do with thy might.'
After finishing in the district school she took special work for a time in the Maryville High School.
October 18, 1882 she was married to Frederick C. Barber, who survives her. Three children were born of this union, one of whom, a daughter, died in infancy.
One son, John N., is now a student in the Missouri Wesleyan College at Cameron, while the other one, Willie, is still at home. Besides her immediate family, Sister Barber leaves one brother and her aged parents who are prostrated with grief at the taking of one on whom they had hoped to lean in their declining years. A very large circle of more distant relatives and friends are also bereaved.
In her religious life her zeal and earnestness were remarked by all, while as a neighbor her memory will ever be as ointment poured forth.
Four years ago she developed symptoms of consumption. She spent the summer of 1900 in Colorado and returned much improved. Later, she grew worse and took a course of treatment at Kirksville, again showing temporary improvement, but again were hopes destroyed as the disease slowly progressed.
For the last four months she had been confined to the bed most of the time. Her vitality ran lower and lower until last Friday eve the weary wheels of life stood still and she was not, for God took her.
Her last illness was marked by uncomplaining patience, her last words being, 'I belong all to Jesus, every inch, every inch.' The memory of the just is blessed. She was buried at Burr Oak, Saturday morning, in the presence of one of the largest assemblages ever seen at the church. - Lane Douglas"
John Grigsby (1826 - 1918)
Clarissa P Hays Grigsby (1827 - 1905)
Fred C Barber (1857 - 1937)
Lillis C Barber (1888 - 1888)*
William W. Grigsby (1861 - 1927)*
Laura Belle Grigsby Barber (1862 - 1903)
Lillie C Grigsby (1863 - 1864)*
Burr Oak Church Cemetery
Plot: Row 9
Created by: Robin Riat
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81796410
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