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"Obituary - Louisa Sophia Manking"

Name: Louisa Sophia Manking

Married: John Michael Wagner

Death date: May 20, 1949

Death location: Norborne, Carrol County, Missouri.

Burial date: Unknown

Burial location: Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne, Carrol County, Missouri

Name of newspaper publication: Unknown

Newspaper location: Norborne, Carrol County, Missouri

Date published: May 1949

Provided by: Roger and Theresa Settle - The newspaper clipping was kept by their grandmother, Mary J. (Wagner) Weber.

"Transcript of the above obituary"

Title: Mrs. Louisa Wagner

Mrs. Louisa S. Wagner, one of Norborne's pioneer mothers, died at her home on Forth Street last Friday morning as the result of infirmities and old age. She had been a long time resident in the Norborne community.

Mrs. Louisa Sophia Wagner, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Fredrick and Anna Manking, was born near Concordia, Mo., June 18, 1855. Here she was baptized into the Christian faith. Here she attended elementary school and received a course of instruction in God's Word preparatory to confirmation.

In early youth she came to Ray County with her parents, living near Russelville, Mo.

On March 11, 1875 she married John M. Wagner. The young couple settled on a farm north of Norborne, now known as the Thate farm. Here they lived until they acquired the farm operated by her grandson, Mr. Cleo Wagner.

Three children were born to this marriage, all of whom survive the mother. Her husband preceded her in death on July 27, 1924. After her husband's death she moved into her home on 4th Street where she lived till the day of her death.

Mrs. Wagner, in spite of her advanced age, was quite active and always able to be up and about. About a year and a half ago her health began to fail. However, she was seldom seriously and was able to be about most of the time to read or do some little work she laid out for herself. About a month ago her condition grew steadily weaker, old age and a general weakening of the body full of years were reaping their toll. Finally, last Friday, about 5:30 a.m., on May 20th, the Lord called the weary traveler to lay down her pilgrim staff and to enter in eternal rest. Thus another pioneer mother of our vicinity who braved the hardships and vicissitudes of homestead days passed on to her reward.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, 2:30 p.m. After a brief service in the Deitch Funeral Home, a memorial service was conducted in Trinity Lutheran Church. Her pastor, the Rev. O. G. Tiemann, conducted the service. His meditation was based on the words of Scripture found in Ps. 23,4 and Eph. 5,20. A choir sang hymns of consolation and hope. After the service the body was laid to rest in Fair Haven Cemetery, beside that of her late husband, there to await the eternal resurrection of the just.

Mrs. Wagner was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. She had the distinction of being the oldest member of the local Trinity Church. She was a kindhearted, Christian mother and commanded the love and respect of everyone who knew her, both old and young.

She reached the ripe old age of 93 years, 11 months, and 2 days.

She leaves to mourn her death three children - a daughter, Mrs. Anna Osborn, San Antonio, Texas, and two sons: Frank of Norborne, and Jess of Arkansas City, Kans. Besides there are 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pall-bearers were: Charles Renzelman, George Renzelman, Ray Grable, Joe Manking of Lexington, Fred Clark of Rockingham and John Renzelman of Hardin.

Asleep in Jesus!
Oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet,
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost his venomed sting!

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