Mrs. Eva Jerusha Anderson passed away Saturday, January 30, 1937 at the City hospital in St. Louis, following an illness of several months. The body was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arch Ketcherside of Elvins [St. Francois County, MO].
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Esther Nazarene Church conducted by Rev. Luther Roach, pastor of the Lafayette Nazarene Church of St. Louis, assisted by Rev. Otto Shearer, pastor of the Esther Nazarene Church. The Women's Quartette of St. Louis furnished the music. Interment was in the Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of Caldwell Undertaking Co.
Eva Jerusha Anderson (nee Linza) was born September 24, 1870, in Washington County near Hopewell, Missouri, and went to be with Jesus Jan. 30, 1937 being at the time of her death 66 years 4 mo. and 6 days of age.
She was united in marriage to Charles W. Anderson, August 6, 1902 who preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1936. To this union five children were born: Mrs. Arch Ketcherside of Elvins, Roy and Ray (twins) who died in infancy and Dewey and Louis (twins) of St. Louis. She is also survived by 4 step-children: Charles, Eric and Louis Anderson of St. Louis and Stanley Anderson of Taylorville, Ill. Eva, Eugene and Eulala (stepchildren) preceded her in death. Others to mourn her departure are 3 sisters and 3 brothers: Charles Linza of Flat River, George Linza and Mrs. Julia Swacker of St. Louis, Mrs. Lucy Etta McKinney of Esther, Mrs. Anna Baker of Detroit, Mich., and Rev. J. E. Linza of Caruthersville, Mo. One grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.
She was a devout christian and leaves a personal testimony and poem as her last comforting words to all who knew her.
"I can't remember when I commenced to love and serve God as it has been always. Of course I went to the altar of prayer and said yes to all God's will and He forgave my sins. Then later I felt the need of a cleansing from all sin which I received by faith through the precious blood of Jesus. Praise his dear name, so don't weep or mourn after me as I am going sweeping through the gates of the City of God to shout and sing around the throne forever, saved and sanctified."
The following poem is one Mrs. Anderson composed a short time before her death and she requested that it be published with her obituary:
Let me go for the morning is breaking so sweet,
Let me go for I can no longer wait;
For the land of the Saints is most fair and complete,
And I'll wait for you all at the gate.
I will come often times from love land so sweet,
Your affliction and toil to abate;
Or I'll send by some Angel if Jesus thinks meet,
But I'll wait for you all at the gate.
Let me go for the Savior is beckoning so sweet.
And the future is not a dark fate;
I'll away to my Home, my Redeemer to meet,
And I'll wait for you all at the Gate.
Let me go for the morning is breaking so sweet.
See the Angels are coming in state;
I must away home my redeemer to meet,
But I'll be waiting for you all at the gate.
[St. Francois County Journal/February 4, 1937]