Sarah Ann Johnson Meriwether [TMSI #9927]
Selma Morning Reporter (Selma, Alabama)
February 17, 1864
p. 2 c. 3
Departed this life, on the 16th of February, 1864, at her residence near Plantersville, Alabama, Mrs. Sarah A. Merriwether, wife of Alexander Merriwether, in the seventy-second year of her age, after an illness of but eight hours. Death has again visited this family; it has scarce been one year since they had to give up a dear son and brother, who was far away among strangers, but we know our loss is her eternal gain, and we feel she has gone to meet her dear children, whom she so grieved, after so many years, in what happy world where parting is no more. She has often said death would be welcome at any time, and her dying words were “all is right – all in right.” She has, through a wedded life of fifty-three years, so accustomed her husband and children to her kindness and gentleness that with them the loss is irreparable. The death of the good is a loss to all, and none knew her but to love her. He is the wisdom of us who mourn our loss to prepare for a reunion in the better land.
The deceased has been a consistent member of the Baptist Church for forty years, and her greatest pleasure was in conversing on religious subjects and her relations in the agony of their grief can say she is not lost, but gone before; yes she still lives. Yes, mourning ones, raise your eyes to heaven and behold her standing nearer than the angels to the throne in those realms of bliss. In a spotless robe of white she stands before the throne; casting her crown at her Savior’s feet, she bends over the battlements of God and says, “Come. Oh! come. Oh, hear, her wooing voice, and may her husband and children be enabled to look to Heaven and say “Father, not my will, but thine be done.”