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Margaret McAdams

Female 1872 - 1905  (33 years)

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  • Name Margaret McAdams 
    Born 16 Nov 1872  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Nov 1905  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1 Dec 1905  Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14227  Rossville
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2021 

    Father Steward McAdams,   b. 21 Aug 1836,   d. 10 Oct 1872  (Age 36 years) 
    Mother Jane Eliza Coleman McAdams Gilbert,   b. 22 May 1839, Albion, Edwards County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1914  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1868  Washington, Daviess County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3393  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 1
    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 1

    Margaret McAdams was born at Rossville November 16th, 1872. She passed on to her reward there at the home of her parents, November 29th, and was laid to rest in the Rossville cemetery, December 1st, 1905.

    The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. C.A. Finch of the First Christian Church of Topeka officiating. He was assisted by Rev. H.L. Nelson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, and also by his quartet choir from Topeka. Sometime before, Margaret had selected the songs, "Home of the Soul" and "Nearer my God to Thee," requesting the choir to sing them feeling that she was singing with them, as she had done many times in the past year in their church in Topeka. The minister chose his text from the 20th chapter of Numbers, and first verse: "And Miriam died there, and was buried there." He spoke of the similarity of Margaret's life to that of Miriam, in that she began to serve the Lord in youth and continued in his service all her life. He also likened her leadership gift of song to Miriam when she took her "Timbre! and led the Israelites in their song of victory." Margaret had been in close fellowship with his Church work for the last year and his personal acquaintance enabled him to speak words of comfort to her family and friends concerning her life and character.

    The Rev. H.L. Nelson spoke of his acquaintance with her, and the uplift which her association inspired. He told of his talk with her when she arranged for her funeral. At that time she said was ready to go, but dreaded passing through the dark valley. "You will not be alone, Jesus will be your light," he said to her. "Oh yes," she said, her countenance lighting up at the thought.

    Many loving tributes of flowers from friends far and near were banked about the casket. Robed in pure white she lay "Asleep in Jesus," with one hand holding a cluster of flowers.

    The spacious Church was filled with friends who knew and loved her.

    [From The Rossville Reporter, December 8, 1905]
    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 2
    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 2
    having united with the Christian Church when a child of 12 years old. She lived a consistent Christian and had grown to a consecrated womanhood in the community. She was of a genial sunny disposition making and holding many friends wherever she went.

    She was an earnest worker in the church in all its departments, capable and willing to do whatever the call, serving at different times in all the offices of the C.E. Society. As Superintendent, Teacher or Choirster of the Sabbath School or leader of the prayer meeting she was equally at home.

    She was a teacher of ability in both instrumental and vocal music, her voice in song was ever ready for the Master's use, or for the entertainment of friends. Sadly she will be missed but the example of her life and the work she has done will remain to inspire others to follow in the paths she trod.

    Margaret had been failing in health for about eighteen months and for the last five months had been confined to her bed from cancerous growth and paralysis on the lower limbs.
    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 3
    Obituary- McAdams, Margaret 3
    She was patient in her suffering endeavoring to cheer her family and her friends by her hopefulness of getting wed. She knew her case was very certain and expected a willing submission to the Lord, and yet she had an intense desire to live that she might do more and better work for Jesus. The young people of Rossville were the burden of her thoughts; she longed that they might all be saved. She often said "Mama, why is it that I have to lie here and suffer when I would so love to be at work for my Master, and see so many thoughtless girls walking the streets for pastime, when there is so much to do?"

    A few days before her death she began to fail and on Tuesday grew rapidly worse and said, "Mamma I will have to give up, I cannot live."

    The family physician was called but could give no relief and shortly after twelve o'clock on the morning of November 29th, her spirit went home to be forever with the Lord.

    Margaret has gone to Jesus her light.
    Her spirit has taken its flight
    But her pleading voice is calling still
    Come, come! Whosoever will, whosoever will!