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Sarah E Smith Bish
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1856
Hancock County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 14, 1944
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA

Mrs. Sarah Bish was born at Rawlson (sic), Ohio, April 22, 1956, and passed away at Nelson, Nebr., May 14th, 1944, being 88 years and 22 days of age. She was one of twelve children. She grew to womanhood in Ohio and was married to John Bish in 1879. They came to Nora, Nebr., in 1903, and this has been their home ever since. Mr. Bish died in Nora in 1911.

Mrs. Bish was the mother of six children, three of whom have preceded her in death: Mrs. Ada Roush, Clara and Florence. The living children are: Fred of Clay Center, Mrs. Frances Litzenburg of Lincoln, and Andy of Harvard, Nebr. She leaves also thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

At the age of twenty years she joined the Methodist Chdrch (sic) at Rawlson (sic) and in 1919 she became a member of the Methodist Church at Nora.

It has been said of Mrs. Bish by her friends, "She was faithful to the church services when physically able to attend." She enjoyed being out in God's great out of doors and to raise beautiful flowers was one of her greatest delights. The small portion of God's earth that was hers was made beautiful by her hands.

The funeral services were held at her home in Nora, May 16th at 2:00 P.M., conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Clarence V. Powell of Nelson. Jesse Hamel and Mrs. Corwin Shipherd sang, Just AS I AM" (sic) and "Jesus Savior Pilot Me." The pallbearers were F.A. Woodhead, Clyde Gerbeling, Lem Roush, Chris Sorensen, J.E. Melvin and E.B. Wilson. The burial was in the Nora cemetery (sic).

She was ready to leave this world and we believe these words of John Greenleaf Whittier are very appropriate to her memory.


When on my day of life the night is falling,
And, in the winds from unsunned spaces blown,
I hear far voices out of darkness calling
My feet to paths unknown.
Thou who hast made my home of life so pleasant,
Leave not its tenant when its walls decay;
O Love Divine, O Helper ever present
Be thou my strength and stay!
Some humble door among thy many mansions,
Some sheltering shade where sin and striving cease,
And flowers forever through heaven's green expansions
The river of thy peace
There, from the music round about me stealing,
I fain would learn the new and holy song,
And find at last, beneath thy trees of healing,
The life for which I long.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 18, 1944; pg. 1

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  John W Bish (1854 - 1911)
  Ada Bell Bish Willey (1882 - 1930)*
  Fred Bish (1884 - 1960)*
  Florence A Bish (1893 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
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Nora Cemetery
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Block 1, Lot 19
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Jun 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27927577
Sarah E <i>Smith</i> Bish
Added by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Sarah E <i>Smith</i> Bish
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