The Caddo Herald
August 6, 1926
Mrs. Tom Boydstun Dies
Mrs. Minerva Allon Massengill Boydstun, the beloved wife of Thomas H. Boydstun, passed from this life at her home in Caddo August 1, 1926 at 8:15. The funeral, which was attended by an immense crowd, was conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. H. T. Wiles at the Baptist Church of which the deceased was a member, and the remains were buried in the Caddo Cemetery.
Miss Minerva Allon Massengill was born June 10, 1878, 53 years ago in Lamar County, Texas and was married December 25, 1890 to Thomas H. Boydstun. To this union was born 10 children, 7 of whom are now living and were with their mother at the time of her death.
Mrs. Boydstun leaves to mourn her death: husband, Thomas H. Boydstun of Caddo; 7 children, Howard Boydstun of Caddo, Harden Boydstun of commerce, Texas, Mrs. A. S. Hill of Broxton, Texas, Mrs. B. H. Smith of Denoya, Okla., Houston Boydstun of Caddo, Miss Delene Boydstun of Caddo, Howell Boydstun of Caddo; three sisters, Mrs. A. J. Wideman of Denison, Texas, Mrs. M. E. Pherigo of Caddo, Mrs. R. B. Boydstun of Caddo; one brother, Mr. J. S. Wideman, Dallas, Texas; step-father, Mr. J. R. Wideman, Caddo; eleven grandchildren, together with a great host of very close friends.
Mrs. Boydstun professed faith in Christ when a girl and united with the Baptist Church. During her illness when she was unable to attend church she always took a great delight in testifying to the saving power of Christ and of the presence of His abiding love.
Mrs. Boydstun- a good wife, a Godly mother and friend- has been called from our midst. She had lived in this community for more than thirty-five years and truly many have been exalted by her noble companionship and her simple faith in Christ. But tho we mourn for her, we may rejoice in happy contemplation that she has now entered into a nobler and more infinite companionship with our God and Christ, Who died for us all upon a cross made fiery with His blood. Her departure is but a return to that heavenly home where all who trust Jesus will sometime live.
True, the sacred bonds of relatives and friends have been broken, here upon this earth, but we have the blessed promise from the great God of the universe that all who know this Savior of men and know him to the salvation of their souls shall renew these sacred bonds upon the other shore. We weep and yet rejoice for we feel that the sunset of Mrs. Boydstun’s noble life marks the beginning of a journey that shall end in a beautiful rising of greater splendor that moves on and on through a never ending day.
So death is not the end,
There is no end, all is Eternity.
Loved ones and friends, cease to languish,
O’re the grave of those you love.
Pain and death, night and anguish,
Enter not the world above.
Mrs. Boydstun, she has left us,
And this loss we deeply feel.
But ‘tis God that has bereft us,
He will all our sorrow heal.