She was united in marriage on September 13, 1866, to James Pinkerton, who preceded [her] in death five years ago. Her married life was an exceedingly long and happy one of fifty-five years. The four children, Cass Pinkerton, Mrs. Amma Nichols, Mrs. Bird Sisson and Mrs. Grace L. Rumsey, all lived near and were with her at her death.
She united with the Christian church and was baptized by Elder Rose on June 24, 1864, and lived an earnest, active Christian life for the remaining sixty-two years. Her greatest delight was in Christian service and her home was always open to all. She was never too busy to minister to others and her many friends felt free to call upon her for service as they knew it would be gladly done and looked upon as a privilege rather than a favor.
A favorite motto which was framed and hung on the wall of her home typified her life perfectly. The lines she often quoted: "If there is any kind word, therefore, that I can say or any good deed that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall pass this way but once."
Those who most keenly feel her loss are her four children, twenty grand-children, all of whom were permitted to be present except Dr. F.P.* Pinkerton, of Honolulu, Hawaii; twenty-nine great grand-children; one brother, Royal Sanders of Milo, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Wm. Ackerman, of Lowell, and many other relatives and dear friends.
Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Lowell, Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. A large number of relatives and friends attended the services. Rev. F.B. Nickerson, of the Lowell church assisted by Rev. J.K. Woerner, of the Hessville church, conducted the services. The music was furnished by the Shelby choir.
The floral tributes were many and beautiful and were carried by six friends of the decedent, as follows: Herman and William Ruge, of Beecher, Ill., Emil Ruge, Carl Gragg and Huron and Wheeler Nichols, of Lowell.
Six grand-sons acted as pall-bearers: Guy Nichols, Bert Nichols, DesMoines Pinkerton, Dewey Pinkerton, Cecil Sisson and Zelbert Sisson.
She was laid to rest beside her life-long companion in the Sanders cemetery. Undertaker Sheets had charge of the burial services.
Relatives from out of town attending the funeral were: W.A. Pinkerton, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. John Pinkerton, Mr. and Mrs. George Pinkerton and two daughters, and Nelson and Julia Pinkerton, all of Wanatah, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. David Pinkerton, of Whiting.
Mrs. Clarence Winninger, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sisson and Zelbert Sisson, of Gary.
Mr. and Mrs. Noah LaMore, of Grant Park, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Nichols and daughter, Alberta, of Crown Point.
Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Sanders, of Roberts, Ill.
Mrs. Nancy Peoples, of Valparaiso, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Affhauser, Dr. Robert Affhauser of Chicago.
Card of Thanks
We deeply appreciated the many kindnesses shown to us when our dear mother passed away. We thank you all for the sympathy shown in the beautiful flowers, kind words, deeds and autos furnished on the day of the funeral. We also thank the Shelby choir for the songs sung and the ministers for the kind words spoken. Your kindness can never be forgotten.
* NOTE -- This article lists one of the grandsons of Sarah Pinkerton as F.P. Pinkerton of Honolulu. His actual name was Forrest Joy Pinkerton.
Go to Sarah Lodema Sanders Pinkerton, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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