Arsula C. Adams, daughter of John and Desire Adams, was born March 19, 1839, at Harlem, Delaware County, Ohio, and died at Leon, Iowa, February 5, 1908, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 16 days. At the early age of eight years she was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church during a meeting held in the brick church (still standing) built and presented to the Methodist Episcopal Church Society of Harlem by her father, John Adams, in 1838. On June 21, 1849, she was married to Dr. John Sigler, at Middletown, Marion County, Ohio. To them were born three daughters, Mrs. Ella A. Evans, Mrs. I.N. McPherrin of Leon, and Mrs. F.G. Jennings, of Garden Grove. August, 1862, she with the family (except her husband who had come the spring of 1862) came to Garden Grove where she resided until 19 years ago, since which time she has made her home in Leon.
Being always a consistent faithful Christian, she was ready to work a plan for the advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom. From girlhood until old age she was a teacher and worker in the Sunday School. The missionary cause was especially dear to her heart and she was always anxious for its advancement and enlargement in Leon.
The funeral was held Thursday, February 6th, at 1 o'clock p.m. from the Methodist Church of Leon. Reverend J.L. Boyd, Pastor of the Church conducted the services. The sermon was preached from the text "For me to die is gain," Phil. 1:21. Many old friends and neighbors were in attendance showing the high esteem in which she was held in the community. The body was taken to Garden Grove for interment and was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery beside that of her husband, who preceded her to the spirit world more than twenty-five years ago.
A good woman has gone from us; she was greatly beloved, and she will be greatly missed. Her last illness was of short duration, and though the frail body could not withstand the ravages of disease, yet the spirit was triumphant because by a life long devotion to the Master she had laid up in store against that day.
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaFebruary 13, 1908