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Ibie Louise Beach


Mrs. Ibie Lousie Beach was born in Niagara county, N. Y., May 27, 1830. In childhood her parents removed to Kalamazoo, Mich., where she remained until Sept. 7, 1857, when she was married to her now bereaved husband, Rev. N. L. Brakeman, who came to Indiana. She was the child of devoted Christian parents, united with the M. E. church in early childhood, and grew into the fized Christian character that prepared her for the work of a minister's wife. She was educated at the Kalamazoo Female's College, her instructors being chiefly those eminent scholars and teachers, the Rev. Dr. J. A. B. Stone and wife. To a true piety and a well-cultivated mind she added eminent social qualities. She was a true helper to her husband in his sacred calling, and will doubtless have many stars in the crown of her rejoicing. During the months of her life in Valparaiso, she entered heartily into the work and gained a warm place in the hearts of the Church and congregation. There are many outside her own communion, who sincerely mourn her death. Though from the character of her disease and the influence of medicine, she was unable to hold religious conversation, and yet we have no doubt she was fully prepared for her rest in Heaven. The life is better testimony than any "last words." Owing to her rapid decline she died before her daughter (in college in Cincinnati) and other relatives, save one sister, could reach her.

She passed away, after a brief illness, in great peace, May 2d at 2 o'clock P. M., indicating by signs and smiles that the divine, sustaining Presence was with her, and was lighting her through the "dark valley and shadow of death." If she could have spoken she would, no doubt, have repeated her favorite passage, 1 Cor. XV. 53-59, and sung to weeping friends her favorite verse,

Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high your great Deliv'ver reigns;
Sing how he spoil'd the hosts of hell,
And led the monster death in chains;
Say, Live for ever, wondrous King!
Born to redeem, and strong to save;
Then ask the monster, Where's thy sting?
And, Where's thy victory, boasting grave?

The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Sunday, May 4th, at 3 o'clock P. M., rev. Robert Beer f the Presbyterian Church, preaching the sermon. The procession to the grave was one of the largest ever seen in the city. She was temporarily interred in the old cemetery at Valparaiso, but her remains will ultimately be taken to Kalamazoo, Mich.

She leaved a husband, daughter, four sisters and an only brother to mourn her loss.

Her work is done and she has entered into rest. She sweetly sleeps in Jesus, and her body awaits the resurrection of the just. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." The memory of the just is blessed, and being dead, they yet speak.


Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: May 8, 1879
Volume Number: 23
Issue Number: 19
Page: 3
Column(s): 5

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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