Jessie was the oldest daughter of Paul and Nellie Mahler. Very affectionate and dutiful, who found work to do constantly helping her father or mother; making it pleasanter and brighter for sisters and brothers. A week ago she was a light-hearted girl; today her form lies cold in death and her spirit has gone to that bourne [sic] whence no traveler returns; there to scatter light as it shed love here.
Thursday morning, February 17, 1898, a beautiful life passed into the great unknown, and the soul of Jessie Mahler went to its eternal home.
Jessie was born June 29, 1881, and spent most of her short life near Lowell. She was universally respected and admired for her womanly bearing and constant friendship. None knew her but to love her. Of her it can be truthfully said: "There was, there is no better, gentler, nobler girl, and of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
IN MEMORY OF JESSIE MAHLER
Our hearts and homes are lonely.
Since Jessie's gone to rest
In the Kingdom of the blest.
Shining rings of finest hair,
Smooth them soft away;
Pearly forehead round and fair;
Jessie will they know you there?
In the land of day?
Grieve not, Oh, loved ones bereaved,
For her, who leaves you thus;
But draw aside the veil that hides
The better land from this.
And see! The bark has touched the shore,
And 'mid the waiting of the throng,
Friends welcome her;
Whom they have loved so long.
Then drop the_______________
Shut out the sight of bliss;
Oh never more we'll wish her back
To such a world as this.
But when the boatman comes for us,
When all our strife is o'er,
We'll float adown the stream and join
The ones who've gone before.
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