Surnames: ASHLEY Jamestown Press Jamestown, (Boone County) Indiana Friday, 10 February 1905 Page one
THE GRIM REAPER Bertha B. ASHLEY, the eldest daughter of R.T. and Nettie F. ASHLEY, was born March 16, 1887, one and one-half mile south of Jamestown, Hendricks County, Indiana, and died February 5, 1905 in San Antonio, Texas, aged seventeen summers. She had two sisters, Ruby V., two years younger, who died August 31, 1890, and Winnie May, aged nine, still living. She was permitted to round out in its fullness and completeness but one period known to mankind- having her fourteenth birthday passed a successful examination from the common schools of the state. A short time previous to this marked the consumation (sic) of the most important event of her life, giving her tender and loving heart to the Savior and dedicating her future life to his service.
She was possessed of a sweet and loving disposition making many true and lasting friendships wherever she had been privilege to make her home. These consisted not only of girls her own age but she delighted to number among them many of more mature years. This was true as to the friendships formed near the home of her early child-hood also of Jamestown, New Brunswick, Lebanon and even her brief stay in far away San Antonio.
A girl of high ideals and noble ambitions, loving and praising goodness where ever manifested and frowning upon all forms of evil. Especially grieved at the evil of intemperance and the cigarette habit admonishing her little boy cousin to abstain from the evil affects of both saying that she would be sorry to know that a cousin of hers had formed the pernicious cigarette habit.
She was endowed in pre eminent degree of the attribute of unselfishness, saying in her last hours when she called to us to her bedside and said that her greatest regret was that her loved ones had to bear the burden and grief away from home and friends, that she had realized her condition for 10 long months that she would love to have lived to her eighteenth year, as she thought that the great age of a girl’s life, but it was God’s will. That we receive the reward for our good deeds and intentions.
“Earth has lost a flower of sweetest fragrance” “Heaven has gained a jewel.”
The remains arrived at Jamestown on the midnight train Wednesday night and was taken to the home of Mrs. Nannie Austin where they remained till 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, at which hour they were taken to the Christian church where the funeral services were held, Rev. L. E. BROWN, of Lebanon, officiating Interment in Odd Fellows cemetery.
* Note from Janet ISLEY Price, I am posting this obituary for others. I am not related to the subject. No other information was given.