October 21, 1903
Mrs. M. J. Lee, mother of Hon. John M. Lee, Jr., Major J. G. Lee, Mrs. W. J. Turnage, Mrs. R. C. Webb and Mrs. H. H. Lee, died at Mer Rouge, the home Mrs. R. C. Webb, on Sunday, October 18th. Mrs. Lee has been a mother indeed who has furnished to her country noble sons and daughter, as the above names will verify. She has a large connection in Union Parish, and was the wife of John M. Lee, Sr., deceased, who was a staunch citizen of this parish for many years. Mrs. Lee’s remains were removed to Farmerville Tuesday and buried at 2 o’clock in the Taylor grave yard, about six miles from town by the side of her husband. THE GAZETTE, with numerous relatives and friends, regrets the loss of this estimable lady and mother and extends sincere sympathy to the many bereaved relatives and friends. Mrs. Lee was in her 73rd year and was always a good Christian mother and leading spirit in church affairs. She will be greatly missed.
The relatives of Mrs. M. J. Lee, deceased, desire to express through THE GAZETTE, their sincere thanks to the many friends in Mer Rouge who rendered so much aid, sympathy and kindness to Mrs. Lee during her recent illness there.
October 28, 1903
Mary Jane Lee was born in Butler County, Ala., June 13, 1831, and died at Mer Rouge, La., October 18, 1903, aged 72 years, four months and five days. She migrated to Union Parish, La., with her parents, when quite a child; was twice married, first to Oliver Windes, who only lived nine months after marriage. In 1849 she was married to John M. Lee, her second husband, who proceeded her to the Great Beyond about ten years. She united with Farmerville Baptist church in August, 1859, and was baptized by Elder Elias George. We will not speak of her christen qualities, as all who knew her are familiar with them. Suffice to say that she was ever zealous in all church work, especially was she anxious about her pastor’s salary. Seldom did she writer meet her in conversation that she did not ask about her pastor’s salary. She was also a member of the ladies’ aid society. Both to church and society she will be greatly missed. Her remains were brought home and conveyed to the Baptist church, where funeral services were conducted by Elder J. H. Hughes. She was then laid to rest in the Taylor cemetery there to await the resurrection. She leaves four children, four brothers, three sisters, grandchildren and a host of distant relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Weep not, friends, for our loss is her gain. May we all imitate her example by living the lives of Christians, that when we are called away we may be, as she was, prepared to pass through the valley and shadow of death.
E. J. Lee