The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, February 2, 1905
'Mrs. Lizzie Hatcher Departs This Life After Useful Pilgrimage.' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MRS. ELIZABETH HATCHER died at the home of her son, O.S. HATCHER, in Milo on Saturday morning, January 28, 1905, at ten o'clock, after an extended illness. The sorrowful news was immediately conveyed to the relatives and friends in Chariton and was received with profound sorrow. She had been in ill health for several years, suffering from consumption, but was only confined to her bed about three weeks.
Brief services were held at the home in Milo on Monday morning at 7:45 o'clock. Her pastor, Rev. H.S. Condit, read the 23d Psalm and a sketch of her life and offered prayer. A quartette then sang her favorite hymn, "He Leadeth Me," after which the remains were brought to Chariton and taken to the First Presbyterian Church, where at ten o'clock the funeral services proper were held. Rev. Condit preached an eloquent and touching sermon, his theme, being "The Master's Comfort." His text was taken from John 14:1-3. He was assisted in the services by Rev. Jos. A. Russell and Rev. W.S. McCullogh. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful, testifying to the high regard in which deceased was held. The remains were interred in the Chariton Cemetery by the side of her husband.
ELIZABETH MCFADDEN, daughter of WILLIAM and REBECCA OSBURN, was born in *Oadiz, Ohio, on August 26, 1835. She was married there on August 2, 1860, to JOSHUA GREGG HATCHER. To them were born three children, one daughter who died in infancy and two sons, STANTON of Milo and FRED of Des Moines. Although MRS. HATCHER lost her own daughter, she found another one in the wife of her son, O.S. HATCHER, who cared for her with a love and devotion that commended the admiration of all.
The first three years of the married life of MR. and MRS. HATCHER was spent in Harrison County, Ohio. In 1863 they moved to Chariton where they resided ten years and then moved back to Oadiz, Ohio. In 1876 they returned to Chariton where MR. HATCHER passed away on March 22, 1885. MRS. HATCHER continued her residence here until May, 1902, when she went to Milo with her son, O.S. HATCHER and wife, to reside. Thirty-six years of her life were spent in our midst and she lived here continuously for a quarter of a century.
In early life she united with the Presbyterian Church and her religious life has since been in complete harmony with her profession. She was a grand, good woman, and her sterling qualities attracted to her a large circle of friends. Only the memory of this dear lady is left us, yet its influence is sweet and uplifting. Besides her two sons and their wives, she is survived by three brothers and one sister, JAS. OSBURN of Springfield, Ohio; ALEXANDER of Stanton, Ill.; SAMUEL of Lexington, Ill. and MRS. THOS. F. CROSKEY of Chicago. These bereaved ones have the sympathy of the community in their great grief.