Emma Miles obituary

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Friday, January 10, 1896
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Last Friday came the sad news of the death of Mrs. H. L. Miles, who died a her home east of St. Ansgar on that morning. Only one short week before a little son, their first born, came to gladden their home, but alas! the angel of death has now robbed that home of the mother and wife.

Miss Emma J. Thorstad, daughter of Ole Thorstad, was born near Mona Iowa, May 17th, 1869. There she grew to womanhood, being educated in the school of Mona, and on the 10th day of August 1891, she was united in marriage to Mr. H. L. Miles. That fall they moved to a farm three miles north of Lyle, where they resided until the fall of 1894 when they removed to Mitchell township, where they resided at the time of her death. She was educated in the Lutheran faith, but last spring she united with M.E. church at Pleasant Valley, no Lutheran church being near, and she remained until the end a firm hopeful and consistent believer, and when dying expressed the hope, that all her friends might conscientiously live in the same faith. The funeral was held at the Norwegian church at Mona, being conducted by Rev. Mr. Eggen and Rev. Mr. Cummings, of Mitchell, and her remains were laid to rest in the Mona cemetery. There remains to mourn her loss, her husband and babe, who will never know a mother's love, besides her parents and brothers and sisters. The sympathy of all is extended to them in their bereavement.

In memory of Mrs. Emma J. Miles, who entered into rest January 10th, 1896, in Mitchell township, Mitchell Co., Iowa.

"Dear wife we have laid you to rest.
But the wounds in our hearts are still
"We grieve for the loved one we have lost,
And friends with us also are grieving."
"But you have gone to a purer world
Where sorrow and grief are unknown,
And darling wife, Thou art waiting there
To welcome us all in your home."
"We know you have crossed the dark
You are standing on Jourdan's bright side.
It may not be long darling wife before
We cross and stand by your side."
"God comfort the broken hearts of the
Sad home circle left here, and bring them
All to that land where parting shall be
no more."