Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, November l9, l903
At two o'clock last Thursday morning, November 5, there passed to the land of rest the spirit of little BESSIE GERTRUDE, beloved daughter of MR. and MRS. MENDALL J. CLUM, at the age of 9 years, 9 months and 4 days.The cause of death was dropsy of the chest. A sack of water gathered in the left side that pushed the left lung against the backbone and the heart also to one side so that she breathed with the right lung only.This and the heart pressure together caused labored breathing and twice over a quart of water was taken away.But she endured with great patience, without fretfulness of complaint, either over her illness or when the incisions were made by the doctor.She simply said, "Be as careful as you can."She did not murmur or have anxiety, but instead was prepared to die.The day before her death she awoke from sleep and told her mother that she died and was in Heaven. Her mother asked if she was afraid.She said, "O no, it is so beautiful and nice over there, I was not afraid."
She had been a very faithful attendant at Sabbath School and was bright in her understanding of the scriptures for one so young.For months she believed that she would be baptized in order that she might keep the law of Christ and become one in His Kingdom according to His teaching and His Gospel.So the rite was administered to her on September 5, by Elder Stebbins, and after that she said that she was satisfied and if she should die all would be well.Thus passed sweetly and calmly to rest this dear child, in the days of purety and innocence, and with a perfect faith in God and in the future life, a glimpse of which had been given her.Of this she left testimony to those she loved, that they may strive to be ready to follow her.
Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.Some departments of school were released and many children attended, of whom numbers wept over BESSIE's departure.The sermon was preached by Elder H.A. Stebbins.Elder A.S. Cochran assisted.MR. and MRS. CLUM have the sympathy of the community.There remains with them the little girl, JULIA, and the baby boy.