Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, October 5, l922
REV. JOSEPH H. EDWARDS was born Dec. 25, l855, died at the home of his daughter, MRS. JOHN REDMAN, of Wetaskiwin, of Alta, on Sept. 22, l922. Deceased was born in Clarke County, Iowa, but moved to Decatur County in early life. In l876, he was married to EMELINE BROWN, of Decatur County, and eleven children blessed this union, three dying in infancy. MR. EDWARDS spent most of his life in Iowa where he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
In l887, MR. EDWARDS was ordained a Minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, which he served continuously until within a few months of his death.
For many years he was moderator of the East Grand River Baptist Association and during that period was the recipient of many and various tokens of esteem and friendship.
About 3 years ago, he developed cancer of a malignant type since which he has been a great sufferer. Medical relief was sought at a cancer sanatorium in Savannah, Mo., where he underwent treatment for more than two years, returning to Alberta about 4 weeks ago. He had made a strong fight for life but realized that he had come home to die and all but one of his children were privileged to be with him in his last days.
His life was of service to others. Though hardly able to endure the pain which he was called upon to bear, his faith was unshaken and his spirit rose in such songs as "Jesus Savior Pilot Me," "Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone," and "Life's Railway To Heaven."
There remains to mourn his loss, his widow, three sons, LEONARD, of Sorum, South Dakota; BYRON, of Mooswa, Alta; EMMETT, of Wetaskiwin and five daughters, MRS. MARTHA CONWELL, of Daniel, Wyo.; MRS. IVA REDMAN, of Wetaskiwin; MRS. JUANITA JACKSON, of Mooswa; MRS. EMMA PULKRABEK, of Edmonton; and ICIA, of St. Paul, De Metis.
His brothers TOM and JOHN, of Grand River, Iowa; CHARLEY, of Atlanta, Mo.; FRANK, of Mitchell, South Dakota; sisters, MRS. JENNIE ADAMS, of Summerset, Iowa; and MRS. MOLLIE KEHLER, of Mitchell, South Dakota. Funeral service was held at the Methodist Church in Wetaskiwin. The remains were laid to rest in the Westaskiwin Cemetery.
The floral tributes were beautiful and many from friends and neighbors.
CARD OF THANKS.
The family wish to thank the relatives and friends who so kindly assisted in caring for him during his illness here.
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