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Ida May Grant

Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Death 2 Nov 1916 (aged 56)
Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
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Ida M. Grant
Age: 56
Place of death: Garrard
Date of death: 11 - 2 - 1916
Certificate: 27812
Friday, December 17, 1909
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Written by Miss Grant
An appropriate mention of the 82nd anniversary celebration and history of the Lancaster Christian church appeared in last Saturday's Louisville Times; also a picture group of the church edifice, Elder F. M. Tinder and Dr. A. Adams in the Sunday Courier Journal.
The writer of the historical sketch is Miss Ida Grant, whose mother is ancestrally connected with five out of the nine charter members and is a great grand-daughter of Mrs. Lucy Jennings Price the first person to make the good confession at the home of her nephew, John Jennings and to receive baptism by immersion at the hands of the pioneer preacher, Elder William Stirman.

Thursday, November 9, 1916
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In Loving Memory Of Miss Ida M. Grant.
Without a rustle to warn any one of her going, Miss Ida May Grant quietly stole away from earthly cares and embarked on her journey into the Great Beyond at an early hour Thursday morning November 2nd. She had been ill for some weeks, and the end was not unexpected, but so quietly did the jewel take its flight from the casket that she seemed to only be sleeping. What a peaceful ending to a beautiful life!
So peaceful was her death and so calm and beautiful did she lie that we could not but think her own words, her description of death was prophetic of her own passing away:
"She lies so still, that the Angel of Death,
Must have bidden her hold her breath,
Must have bidden her hearken and hear
The mystery of mysteries - the secret dear:
The meaning of life and its ultimate goal.
The rare felicity of the soul.
She heard and hearkened, and held her breath
In ecstacy - and that was death."
With her lamp filled with the oil of religion, trimmed and burning brightly, she arose to meet Him and with her hand in the hand of Him whom she had so long trusted she walked thru the "dark valley of the shadow of death" without fear or trembling.
Miss Ida May was the oldest and dearly loved daughter of Dr. J. W. Grant and Emma Price Graham. She was one of Lancaster's gifted daughters, writing from her school - girl days to almost the time of her death, her facile pen erecting, as it were, monuments which will stand to her memory in the years to come. Had she not been of such a retiring disposition, and had her gentle spirit been cast in a stronger mould she would have taken high rank among Kentucky poets. The scholarly quality of all her poetry was one of her distinguishing characteristics. Imbued with profound love of her fellowman and nature, the simplicity of the Master, a well stored mind, a real inspiration - all these and more belonged to this gifted daughter of Lancaster, stricken before her race was fully run.
Last summer she went to Virginia to visit an aunt and to Craig Healing Springs she was taken, her family hoping her health would be restored, but change of climate, medical skill and the most careful nursing were of no avail, she came home frailer and nearer the end of life's journey than when she left.
While those who loved her cannot but mourn her loss, it is sweet to think of her as reunited with the mother and sister who were so recently taken from her, and to think of them where parting cannot mar their happiness and where at last, they have found "the peace which remaineth."
The funeral services were conducted at her late home Saturday morning at 10 o'clock by Elder F. M. Tinder and Rev. H. S. Hudson, and on this beautiful Fall day - when all nature rests and renews her youth in the dew of sleep - this child of God was laid to rest by mother, father and sisters who had gone before. Profound sympathy is felt for the lonely sister, Miss Lily Grant, and the only brother, H. M. Grant, of Norfolk, Va.
The news of her death has brought back tender memories of the school - girl and girl older grown and many requests for her poems have come to us. A great deal she has written will be found stowed away in old scrap books, posted in painstakingly and lovingly by admiring friends and readers, many of whom have preceded her "out of the hitherwhere into the yon." Peace be with her. She was an apostle of sunshine - yes more, she had all these graces of mind and all the force and ability that makes womanhood admirable. Her death is a loss to the community.
From among her published poems it is not difficult to find exquisite little gems that prove rich gifts and the quality of her power, but it seems to the writer that no one single song tells the story more sweetly of her "wings unfolding, bearing her thru the Golden Gate" than the one printed in Popular Hymns, often sung by the voices she so dearly loved, which is entitled:
Weary soul in mortal vesture,
What is thy unceasing quest,
Why art thou forever longing,
Why wilt thou not be at rest?
Askest thou my anxious spirit,
Where is thy eternal home?
Where are built the many mansions,
Where shalt thou forever roam?
Searchest thou the silent Heavens,
For an answer to thy pray'r?
Asking where abides the Savior
And the joys that thou shalt share,
Where doth rise the walls of Jasper,
Rising by the stream of life,
Where is built the unseen city,
Knowing neither sin nor strife?
Patient, still, my captive spirit,
Question not, thou needs but wait
Patient, till thy wings unfolding
Bear thee thru the Golden Gate.

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Mrs. Fannie Grant and Miss Dove Harris were in Lancaster Saturday for the funeral of Miss Ida Grant.
(Kentuckiana Digital Library)

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100644238
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