Deliphene Emma <I>Price</I> Downing

Deliphene Emma Price Downing

Palisade, Hitchcock County, Nebraska, USA
Death 26 Feb 1949 (aged 31)
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Burial Palisade, Hitchcock County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Sect. I Lot 21 ID 310 Stone ID 1538
Memorial ID 11962823 · View Source
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Friends , relatives and a few loyal neighbors tiptoed quietly Thursday past a bronze-colored casket where lay the bodies of Mrs. Deliphene Downing and little Rainell. Mrs. Downing was attired in a French blue gold-trimmed dress, her daughter in a dress of baby blue velvet, with a white lace collar and blue ribbon. The child was clasped in the left arm of her mother, and the two appeared to be sleeping as an organ softly played hymns before and after the brief service in the Vanlerter Funeral Chapel. A few flowers lay on the casket-four baskets and a spray-hyacinths, daffodils, and other blooms of early Spring.

Quietly, with a trace of bitterness creeping into his voice, Rev. John Denchfield, pastor of Southlawn Church of God, said:"God forecast the deplorable depths to which man can sink, and He sent His Son to live among men and attempt to redeem them. Christ was crucified as redeption for the sins of man". "Despite this sacrifice, one murder is committed every 40 minutes thru-out the world. Apparently the teachings of Christ have not made an impression on the minds of men".

It was the Rev. Mr. Denchfield who preached the sermon a year ago last November when Mrs. Downing's husband, Rolland, victim of a truck-train accident was buried. He took his sermon Thursday from a phrase of St. Paul's- "without natural affection". "Even the recognized lower orders of life ,"he said "maintain a natural affection for one another. Not even the dumbest animals stoop to such bestiality as has been shown here. It is beyond the compassion of any person with a natural Christian love to believe a fellow human being fuilty of such vicious treatment of anyone, especially an innocent child". Following the brief service, a few stayed behind to talk quietly in the Chapel.

Friday morning, the casket will be closed on the mother and her child, and will start the journey back to Palisade, Ne. There it will be lowered Sunday afternoon into a grave in a churchyard cemetery, clear away from the scene of violence and heartbreak. Grand Rapids, Mich Press Friday, March 4, 1949.

Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon at two o"clock from the Methodist Church in Palisade with the Rev. Glen W. Marshall in charge. Mesdames Viron Baxter, Dean Drotter, Ziba Abbuhl and George Simmons sand "Beyond the Sunset", Safe in the Arms of Jesus", and "Sometime We'll Understand". Pallbearers were Charley Romine, Kenneth Gates, Howard Bridgman, Bernard Modrell, Wayne Porter and Lyle Bodeman. Honorary pall bearers were Robert Romine, Wayne Gates, Leo Porter and Birl Modrell. Burial was in the Palisade Cemetery.

Besides the immediate family, the relatives who attended the rites from away were Mr. and Mrs.Ellis Price and Pauline Reuttimann of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Viola Fugate of Lincoln, Mrs. Clarence Samuelson of Albion, Mrs. J.L. Lingle of St. Edward, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pearson of Genoa.

Deliphene Emma Price, youngest daughter of Martin and Bertha Price, was born at Palisade, on Nov. 4, 1917. Her life was ended in a tragic death at her home in Grand Rapids, Mich, on Feb. 26, 1949 at the age of 31 years, 3 months and 22 days. Her childhood and youth was spent in the Palisade community where she attended school, graduating from the Palisade High school with the class of 1934. As a girl she confessed her faith in her Lord and Savior and was baptized according to the ritual of the Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, 1919 by the Rev. T.E. Smith.

Palisade Times 11 Mar. 1949.

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