Thus would we pass from the earth and its tailings
Only remembered by what we have done"
"If the above be true, then the subject of this sketch will be remembered for the accomplishments of tasks so very difficult that I have often wondered if she did not wish to lay her burden down. Bereft of her mother when quite young--during the tenderest years of her life, when she needed mother so much, there came into her young life this greatest of sorrows "But the Healer was there pouring balm on her heart" and in a short while gave to her " Auntie" for a step-mother. Auntie was so kind and gentle and companionable, that the little grief stricken heart was soon soothed from its grief.
"It was not long, however, before Auntie slipped away to find treasures new; and Auntie left a little girl, the tender care of whom was left to the twice made orphan. Helen loved "Auntie's girl", and by her tender ministrations to the little sister and her little brothers, they became her very own precious darlings. None knew but those who loved her best, how she struggled along with all the vim and energy and strength she had for their happiness and welfare. It would have been a task worthy of the efforts of one more mature than Helen, but never for one moment did she falter or complain. When I think of the conditions that confronted her, and how bravely she struggled through, I wish that I was capable of paying the high tribute she so richly deserves.
"She grew into a modest, refined lady, endowed with more than ordinary gifts, and through the trying years which she had passed, she measured up to the full stature of competent glorious womanhood. Another step-mother-a gift from God-- came into the home and the day she was to come to bless and brighten it with her presence, Helen devoted to glad preparation for her coming.
"Not very long afterwards there came into her life a joy unspeakable, she was married to Gordon B. Laffitte, of whom she was very fond. She liked to tell me what a good husband she had found--"Gordon is so good to me". The union was blessed with four bright children--the youngest about ten months of age. How sad she must have felt to leave Gordon and the babies! But one Sabbath evening, "Mother kissed her in her dream" and she went to heaven--"There'lI be no sorrow there". She sleeps in a "grave on the green hill side" near mother and auntie in the Enecks cemetery.
"Helen was a member of the Methodist Church, which she loved, and she lived up to its doctrines and ordinances--a faithful little woman. "Auntie's little girl" has assumed the great responsibility of caring for the motherless children--this will be a labor of love, for sister walked that way in days gone by. May the bereaved ones be as ready as was Helen. when the "Messenger" comes."
'They too must come to the riverside, they are nearer its waters each eventide: