Roanoke Beacon (Plymouth, NC) Friday, 4 March 1910
IN KEMOiUAil. On Saturday itiomintr, February otli, 1910, as the hcrai of lime pointed to the hour oi one, ;&nd the clocks in the steeples ! chimed the first hour of the new born day, the gates of the ceies-itial city which stands ajar were opened wide to admit the spirit J of one of God's faithful ones, 'and the writer thinks that it vere possible to have heard the holy voices of the redeemed in congs of great joy as the spirit Lavania Ralph was wafted from earth to heaven. On carte, iu toe home of h?.r youngest daughter, Mrs. A. 2,1. Baines, in the town of Spring Hope, N- C, the scene wa3 the reverse ; there on tne bed ot affliction for six days had lain the sufferer, stricken with paralysis, as the mid-night hour passed the stillness became hallowed and the loved ones who watched and : waited knew that the mesenirer of death had passed that v ay, and in its p;-iF.sin;- had ta!:e with it the spirit ot their loveu one, and, as with bated brc ath and tear-dimmed eyes they gazed upon the lifeless form of that dear one, they realized that her spirit was with its God. The subject of this sketch, Mrs. Lavania Ralph, was in the 59th year of her age. was a native of Plymouth and spent all her life here until a short time ago, since when she divided her time with her children. She was the wife of Capt. W, G. Ralph, who preceded Her to the other shore several years ago. She was, as we have said, one of the faithful ones ; a consistent and devoted member of the-M. E. Church of this town. Besides a large circle of relatives and friends left to mourn the death of this good woman are one son, Mr. H. C. Ralpe, of Norfolk, and four daughters, Mrs. Jas. I. Brewer, of Hamilton ; Mrs. W. 0. Davis, of Salisbury; Mrs. A. M. Baines, of Spring Hepe, and Mrs. C. V. W. Ausbon, of this town. The remains were brought to Plymouth Satuaday night and at eleven o'clock Sunday morning were laid to rest in the family plot, nnder the shadow of the old church she loved so well. The services were conducted by Rev. M. Y. Self, the pastor, and the "large concourse of people who gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to her memory fully attest the esteem in which she was held. A Friend.