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Tarkenton. Isabella M. Tarken-ton (nee Hassell) was born in Wash-ington County, N. C, April 4, 1826, was married to Thos. G. Tarkenton, January 18, 1844, and left us for her heavenly home, in Bertie County, N. C, October 29, 1907, being eighty-one years, six months, and twenty-five days old. On the last named date was closed a long . and useful life. Sister Tarkenton was a faithful and consistent member of the M. E. Church, South, for about sixty-three years, joining when about eighteen years of age. It was the writer's privilege and pleasure to know the subject of this sketch for nearly three years, and to know of her wholesome, Christian influence for fifteen years being the pastor of some of her children In Washington County in the nineties. Sister Tar-kenton's husband died in November, 1895, and was funeralized by this writer at Roper, N. C. The family had moved to ' Bertie County some years previous, but the husband, and father, was buried in his native county. The itinerant wheel kept turning and ten years thereafter this scribe became the pastor of the widow and her other children, in Bertie; so It can be readily seen that the pastor of her children in the nineties was enjoying the advantages arising from her pious influence, and Christian teaching, several years before he became acquainted with his benefactress. And her benefactions to other's remind one of Paul's reference to his friend, Phebe, at the church of Cenchrea: "For she hath been a succorer of many, and of myself also." (Rom. 16:2.) Sister Tarkenton was devoted to the church, and brought to it the wealth of her love. She bought, and read, books and periodicals and became an informed member of the Church. In the stormy days of Methodism, when many were lax in devo-lon, she remained firm and steadfast, having her heart fixed upon God. She was not only devoted to the Church, but she loved its pastors and the gospel which they preached. She was one of the most liberal of saints. Perhaps her last material gift was to the Orphanage at Raleigh an institution she loved ardently. She was one of the best listeners at church service, and the pastor could always feel assured that there was one in the church that was importuning God in behalf of the preacher and people. Not only did she pray in church, on the Sabbath, but she was instant in prayer at home. Even after she became too enfeebled to attend church, she would send messages of cheer and good will to the church, assuring us that all was well. It was almost like getting a breeze from the Eternal Hills. O, how the pastor misses her still! It was good preparation for church service to visit her before going to God's house. Some weeks before she left us, the pastor administered the sacrament to her. Those that were there will never forget what a gracious season that 'was, and how colse the angels came to us that morning, McCheyne, of Pun-

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  1. North Carolina Christian Advocate,
  2. 30 Jan 1908, Thu,
  3. Page 12

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