Lydia Duckwall was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, Jun. 1, 1824, departed this life Feb. 2 1896, aged 72 years, 1 month and two days. She was joined in marriage to John Duckwall on the 29th day of March, 1845. In September of the same year they settled in Cass county, this state, and a few years later became residents of this county. About one year later she was converted and united with the Bunker Hill Baptist church of which she has been a devoted and faithful member until her death, always ready to participate in any and all the religious exercises of the church so deeply did she appreciate what Jesus had done for her in her soul's salvation that she felt herself constrained to use her utmost diligence in recommending him to others as a precious Savior and for His sake to joyfully bear His yoke and cross, determined not to lay them down until God had called her to Himself to wear a crown of eternal life. The burden of years, inclement weather, bad roads, or anything that she could possible (sic) overcome was never allowed to keep her from the house of God, and, when there, her voice was always one of the first to be lifted in prayer, and in testimony for her Savior. Not only was she faithful in the public services of the church but was as consistent in her daily walk. The sick was never allowed to go without her care by day or night when she could possibly contribute to their comfort. In her the poor ever had a friend and helper and were allowed to share her home and hospitality. As a mother and wife none could be truer or better in all things. She lived from the purity of her heart and was esteemed and loved by all who knew her. Her end came peacefully and triumphantly near the hour of midnight Sunday night at her place of residence two miles northeast of Bunker Hill after seven weeks of patient suffering from paralysis of the left side.
She leaves one brother, two daughters, four grand children of her immediate family with a vast number of friends and neighbors to mourn her death but we are willing that God should take unto himself his own, therefore we commit her to His care and love believing that she has departed from us to be with Christ which is far better.
J. B. Bair
SOURCE: Unknown newspaper; have original newspaper clipping. This is not my relation. - Debby