Fulton Daily Sun, March 16, 1904,
Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall Smith died March 11, 1904 at the residence of her son-in-law R. S. Lamar. After appropriate services by Rev. W. H. Burnham Sunday afternoon, she laid to rest beside her husband in the Dunlap burying ground.
Some weeks ago, she sustained a severe fall, from the results of which, she never entirely recovered; but the immediate cause of her death was heart failure.
She was born October 9, 1827 in Albemarle County, Va. Six years later her parents, John and Elizabeth Dickerson Duggins, removed to Saline County Missouri where she continued to reside until some years after her marriage March 21, 1844 to Mr. James H. Smith, who was raised north of Fulton near Richland church. They then removed to Callaway county to the farm, east of town, now owned by S. C. Smith. She lived there until about three years ago, since when she has made her home with her youngest daughter Mrs. Lamar.
Nine children now mourn their loss of a loving mother, B. F. Smith, Minot ND; Mrs. Laura Jensen, Albert Lea Minn.; Mrs. James Bailey, Genesee Idaho; Geo. D. Smith, Fairbault Minn., T. Douglas Smith, Auxvasse and Granville, S. Craig, and Vernon O. Smith all near Fulton. Two children Susan Lewis and Ira Stephen died in infancy.
In early life Mrs. Smith united with the Methodist Church. After her removal to Callaway County under the ministry of Elder D. M. Granfield, she united with the Christian Church of Fulton of which church her husband was an earnest member.
In the life of this good woman we have exemplified the highest type of the true Christian and the noble mother. Left a widow more than thirty two years ago, she lived to see her children become, under her guidance, honest and upright men and women. Whatever may have been her trials she was never known to murmur, she bore her own sorrows by sharing the sorrows of others. Her home was ever the seat of hospitality. Possessing a nature gifted and refined; to know her was a pleasure. She lived her religion in her daily life. Her gospel was the gospel of good cheer. To the cry of the suffering and the needy she was ever ready to turn a willing ear giving, not only alms to the poor, but comfort and cheer to all who came her way.
God in his infinite goodness lengthened her days past the allotted three score and ten and she lived to see not only her children but also her children's children rise up and call her blessed.
As we looked upon her peaceful face it was not hard for those of us who know and loved her best to say, "She is not dead, she sleepeth." She rests from a labor well done. In this life she did whatsoever her hands found to do. God has taken her home to her reward. W. L.