Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Williams Dies at Lineville, Aged Thirty-Two
[From The Lineville Tribune]
Another one of the sad deaths we are called upon to chronicle is that of Mrs. Dolly Bay, wife of O. E. Bay, which sad event occurred at the Bay home on East Line Street last Saturday morning, the immediate cause of her death being pneumonia, from which she had been suffering for the past two weeks.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Russell, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery; and as the flower-ladened casket was taken from the church there were few dry eyes among the large congregation which had gathered there to pay a last sad tribute to the memory of a devoted wife, mother, neighbor, friend, and a true, noble christian character. While there is universal sadness in this community over the death of Dolly Bay, there were undoubtedly rejoicing in Heaven on the reception in the realms above of one of earth's pure and spotless souls.
the heartfelt sympathy of the community go out to the stricken husband, motherless daughters, parents and relatives, who are left to mourn their loss.
Dolly May Williams was the daughter of John and Nancy Jane Williams, and was born near Humeston, Iowa, December 4, 1885, and departed this life at her home in Lineville, February 16, 1918, aged 32 years, 2 months and 12 days.
On March 16, 1904, she was united in marriage to Oren E. Bay, and to this union two children were born; Rosa Myrtle, now aged eleven, and Mary Jane, aged nin years. She was one of eleven children; three of them dying in infancy.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and two little girls, her father and mother, three brothers, Alpha, Alva and Samuel, and Mrs. Elsie Smith, and Mrs. Elma Lowe, all of Humestone; Mrs. Mattie McCloud of Hamilton, Kans., and Mrs. Daisy Bay of Lineville, Iowa, besides a great host of other relatives and friends that were as naturally attracted to her lovable life as the bird is to song.
Dolly was converted at the age of fourteen at Big Springs, under the ministry of J. T. Breau, and became a member of the United Brethren church at that place; and some years later became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Lineville, of which she was since been a faithful member, as well as an untiring worker in its interests.
It was the good province of the writer in the relation of pastor to become intimately acquainted with her high spiritual ideals and we know that the highest was to carry out as far as she was able in her limited sphere the command of her Christ, "Go ye, and preach the gospel." And this she did life and lip that at least she might say with her Lord, "I have finished the work that Thou gavest me to do." What greater heritage could a mother, daughter and wife leave to her children, parents and husband than that?
We will miss her cheery face, hearty handshake, earnest counsel and heaven-reaching prayers; as well as the encouragement that he undivided attention to the message from God's word that she always gave a speaker in the Lineville church, but to console us we have the consciousness that-
No Stream from its source flows seaward But some land is gladdened, No star ever rose and set Without influence somewhere. No life can be true to its purpose And strong in is strife; An all life be stronger thereby.