|Birth: ||Feb. 29, 1824, Jamaica|
|Death: ||Jan., 1898|
January 7, 1898
There is something inexplicably sad about the death of Catharine Octavia, widow of the late Canon Arnold. She and her daughter were just on the eve of going to spend a few weeks with her son, and had everything ready to depart, when she was taken ill with pneumonia, and despite the best of treatment and attention, her life gradually grew fainter, until Friday morning, when her life's work came to an end, and she goes to receive her reward from "Him who doeth all things well," and is again with him who was nearest to her heart, and who had preceded her only two short months. The long watchful care over her companion in life had, no doubt, unstrung her strength, and when taken down with pneumonia, her constitution could not stand the attack.
Deceased was born on the Isle of Jamaica, near Kingston, on February 29th, 1824, and was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Murphy. Some years later her family moved to Halifax, N.S., and it was here that she met and married her late husband, and commenced to labor with him in his grand work. Her life was ever a model of maternal character and female excellence, and it is doubtful if not a little of the success which attended the brilliant career of the late Canon Arnold was not due to the assistance of his loving wife. Each seemed to be justly suited for the other in the calling which they pursued, and not only did happiness, peace and good-will ever prevail in their home, but the influence of their lives was ever a great power for good.
It is only about two years ago that they celebrated their golden wedding, and on that occasion Mr. Arnold was conversing with his son in most loving terms about their life during the preceding fifty years, and said that during that period not one unkind word had been spoken between them. Living thus, the influence of their lives will ever go on, and on their departing from this life so near together, it seems that the Creator in His infinite goodness did not deem it wise that they, whose lives had been so much to the other, should long be separated.
As a mother, her remembrance will ever be held sacred by her children, and although her presence is no longer with them, the influence of her saintly life and loving words of counsel will ever remain.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, when a large number were present. A short and appropriate service was held in St. Mark's church, conducted by the rector, Rev. J.C. Garrett, and assisted by the Rev. Archdeacon Houston, and Rev. Mr. Ker, of St. Catharines, after which all that was mortal was laid in the tomb to await the resurrection morn.
Canon Arnold (1808 - 1897)
Saint Marks Cemetery
Niagara Regional Municipality
Created by: Jan Darby
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86724595
Added: Mar. 13, 2012