Clara Smock Obituary

From the June 1, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Clara Smock.

Clara Smock was born October 2, 1887, departed this life May 15, 1905.  She united with the M. E. Church South, January 3, 1904.  Well does the writer remember the Saturday afternoon that Clara gave her young heart to God, the Sunday morning soon after, when she took the vows of the church and received the ordnance of baptism, then her entrance into our Sunday School class and attendance there whenever possible. Though her life for Christ was short and her opportunities of working for Him may have been few, yet we have every reason to believe that, that short life was earnest, true, devoted, and that today she is at home where the many mansions be, and there awaits the coming of each of her loved ones and friends.

Clara was a loving, dutiful daughter and was ever a sweet, kind, gentle girl, beloved by all who knew her.  She always appreciated the slightest favor shown her, but the greatest tribute we can pay her is, she was a Christian.  In the bloom of young womanhood, it seems hard to give her up, yet while we so greatly mourn her death we know that our loss was Clara’s gain. One of earth’s fairest flowers, she was transplanted to God’s garden above to escape, perhaps, the chill and blasts of this sometimes cold world.  To the sorrowing, heart-broken father, mother, the friend dearer than all others, the brothers, sisters, and the friends who grieve, we extend our heart-felt sympathy.

Clara was buried in the Groves Cemetery at Graham, Missouri.