Alma Rasmusson obituary
SHOCK TO ENTIRE COMMUNITY
Last Friday evening as Miss Alma Rasmussen was preparing to retire, she was seized with a sudden heart attack, and passed away within fifteen minutes. Miss Rasmussen had known for some time that conditions were not normal, but had not taken the warnings seriously, and continued as usual with her round of duties and social activities, ever jolly and smiling, full of life and vigor.
Death is like the traffic signal, "Stop!" Not only the one who has laid down life's problems, but all in line are affected. Such was the case, Saturday morning, when it became generally known that Alma lay cold in death. Friends and acquaintances felt the hush of activities, and were suddenly brought face to face with the solemn fact that the grim reaper comes to all-sooner or later. To the young, the time seems far distant, and so, when one in the prime of life is called, the brevity of life is emphasized. Within the past month, four women of this locality, all active energetic workers, have laid down their duties for other hands, leaving those about them to adjust themselves to the changing circumstances.
Alma Rasmussen was born in Larvik, Norway, Sept. 30, 1890, and passed away suddenly at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Inger Blakestad, Feb. [illegible: 10th?] at 10:30 P. M. She had been in apparently good health until the time of her death.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of Larvik, Norway. She came to America in 1908 and made her home with her aunt, Inger Blakestad at Otranto. She went back to Norway in 1914, to visit her old home. She spent five months there before returning to America, and has made her home in the vicinity of Lyle since.
Her father and mother, one brother and one sister preceded her in death. She has three brothers and one sister living in Larvik, Norway. They are Nick, Adolph; Johan and [illeglible: agna?] Rasmussen.
She also leaves to mourn her loss her uncle, Rasmus Rasmussen, and Mrs. Inger Blakestad, besides a large host of friends in this community.
Funeral services were held at her late home at 1:30 P. M., and at the Mona church at 2 P. M., Tuesday Feb. 14th, Rev. Langehough officiating.
Interment was made at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Among those from away, who were here to attend the funeral were: Harry, Evelyn, and Luella Gaarder of Kensett and Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and child of Minneapolis.
The services were attended by more than could well be accommodated. Friends from far and near gathered for the last farewell. The floral tributes were especially beautiful, and long after they are withered and become a part of the soil over the plot to which her remains were assigned, loyal and loving hearts will cherish her memory for Alma had a host of friends and acquaintances in this vicinity to which she came as a girl. Into many homes she went bringing comfort and cheer by her efficient services. In these as well as many others she will be missed as time goes on, and she is seen no more among the groups of friends of which she was an active part.
"The silent melody of thought ever sings a ceaseless requiem to the beloved dead."
Earth folds in her arms my weary
And shelters it till the morrow;
"I know of a sleep in Jesus name,
A rest from all toil and sorrow;
My soul is at home with God in Heaven,
My sorrows are past and over.
I know of a peaceful eventide;
And when I am faint and weary,
At times with the journey sorely tried
Through hours that are long and
Then often I yearn to lay me down
And sink into blissful slumber.