Newspaper Unknown (Cyclone, Blue Mound, Illinois?)
BENNETT. - Monday afternoon, September 21st, 1885, at her home in Athens, of consumption, Lauraetta, wife of Thomas P. Bennett, aged 24 years, 10 months and 18 days.
Mrs. Bennett was born in the village of Athens in November of 1860, was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Graham, who are well and favorably known throughout the county. Mrs. Bennett was a favorite with the family, the friends and community. She became of victim of that dread pulmonary disease - consumption - over one year ago. She endured the wasting ravages upon her system and constitution, with Christian fortitude, and patiently waited the approach of death. She was and has been, for a number of years, a consistent member of the M. E. church of this place. She leaves a husband, two bright little boys, father and mother, three brothers and four sisters. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her remains to their last resting place - Hall's Cemetery - Wednesday, to administer the last sad rites. The sorrowing husband and children have the sympathy of the CYCLONE and the community at large.
On a beautiful autumn morning
We laid her beneath the sod
And strewed the mound with flowers
Mute emblems of undying love.
The mother we cherished so dearly,
The wife so faithful and true,
The friend so ready and willing,
For all that her small hands could do.
But a place in heaven was vacant,
Awaiting her coming there,
And the Lord sent a shining angel,
To waft her away from all care.
Only twenty-five years here among us,
She had lived to brighten our way;
Now a beautiful angel from heaven,
She calls us to eternal day.
Transcribed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson