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 Elizabeth Margaret <I>Reynolds</I> Barnard

Elizabeth Margaret Reynolds Barnard

Birth
Mendon, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 18 Nov 1904 (aged 85)
Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Plot Sec 3 Lot 948
Memorial ID 35702158 · View Source
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Mrs. A. S. Barnard
In the death of Mrs. Algernon S. Barnard who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Nichols, Naperville, Ill., on the evening of Friday, Nov. 18, 1904, this community has lost one of its oldest and most beloved citizens.
She was the daughter of Captain William Raynolds, of Lima, New York; was born in Mendon, N.Y., and was married to Mr. A. S. Barnard at the residence of her father, on the 12th day of July, 1843. Soon after their marriage, and when the virgin prairies of the West were attracting the attention of the more thoughtful and enterprising of the East, Mr. and Mrs. Barnard, quick to see the vast agricultural possibilities of the new West, came to Illinois and settled on a farm near Naperville. There, their children, six sons and two daughters were born and, with the exception of Charles B. Barnard, who died in infancy, were reared to young manhood and womanhood. A little over 20 years ago they left the farm and made their home in Naperville.
Mrs. Barnard was not only a woman of lofty and pure ideals, but a woman who approximated her ideals as comparatively few do. She was eminently charitable. Never would she lend an ear to a disparaging word or a slanderous report of another, and if at any time a reflection on the good name of another was made in her hearing, she was ever quick to foil the unkind word by a word of commendation or praise. While others were quick to see faults, she was ever ready to look on the best side of another's conduct and find something to commend.
She was profoundly religious. She joined the Congregational church in 1844 and ever since has been one of its most spiritually minded and devoted members. She was the first president of the Ladies Missionary Society of the above named church, and in all its missionary enterprises she took a most active interest. The religious training of the young was to her a matter of extreme importance, and in the Sunday school she was a faithful and efficient teacher. Her faith in prayer was strong. The semi-philosophic scepticism in regard to the matter of prayer, which is abroad among men in these days, had no influence upon her, and in the weekly prayer meeting of her church she took great interest and not infrequently voiced the petitions of the meeting in tender and touching prayer. But,
"God's finger touched her,
And she slept."
Her husband and two children had entered the "City Beautiful" before her.
A funeral service in her memory was conducted by her pastor, Rev. George Peebles, after which she was borne to the village cemetery, and amid the beauty and fragrance of flowers, gently laid to rest.
Farewell thou "Mother in Israel," but not forever. We cannot again mingle our prayers and our praises in this world, but shall yet join in that great congregation "into which an enemy never enters, and from which a friend cannot depart."

The Naperville Clarion
November 23, 1904


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  • Created by: Timothy Ory
  • Added: 9 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35702158
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Margaret Reynolds Barnard (18 Sep 1819–18 Nov 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35702158, citing Naperville Cemetery, Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Timothy Ory (contributor 47098261) .