Mary Lavinia Boston Stovall Obituary
Submitted by: David Webb
Source: Tupelo Journal, October 2, 1903; page 1
Mary Lavinia "Lou"
Mrs. Mary Lavinia Boston Stovall was born of John and Sarah L. Boston, Oct. 29, 1839, near Salisbury, N.C., and immigrated with her father to Mississippi in early childhood; professed faith in Christ at about 15 years of age and joined Unity Presbyterian church; was married to J. P. Stovall Feb. 15, 1863; departed this life Sept. 18, 1903, to dwell with the Lord forever in the endless realms of bliss where there shall be no pain, no sorrow, no sickness, no trouble, but all in peace and happiness forever.
These few points cover
a long life of usefulness and value, both in the home circle and the community
in which she lived. Those who knew her best loved her most and appreciated
most the loveliness of her character. It could be truly said of
her that she opened her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue dwelt the
law of kindness. She looked well to the ways of her household and
her children rise up and call her blessed. She was a safe counsellor
and her husband could safely trust in her. Her excellent judgment,
gentle and equable temperament, firm adherence to principle, unselfish
thoughtfulness for the feeling of others and kindness to all, more especially
to the poor, made her's a character of the highest order of christianity.
How pleasant to her must have been the transition, when we reflect on
the past, that for thirty-seven years she had been afflicted and a constant
victim of pain, and for nearly two years prostrate upon the bed; we wonder
not at the pleasant smile when Jesus took her aboard the old ship of Zion
to transport her over Jordan's stormy waves to the everlasting home in
glory. Yet it leaves sadness in the home and hearts of a devoted
husband and two sons and two daughters and other relatives and friends:
but they mourn not as those who have no hope. In her death and gain
our loss is a true and devoted wife, a loving and careful mother, a kind
and sympathetic neighbor and a shining light in the church. "Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord; they do rest from their labor and
their works do follow them."