Retrospects are inevitably saddening, yet, in some instances, the mind reverts to the past with such fond recollections that a pleasant, peaceful calm is felt.
To the mind of the writer, as it takes a backward track, came two visions this day in speaking of one who held our heart's love from childhood. Those two visions are the celebration of her eighty-sixth and last birthday, the other the occasion of her funeral in her old home, LaGrange, Ga., the "City of Elms and Roses," where she was known and beloved by all. The sixteen candles burning upon the occasion so typical of her perennial youth, and the songs of the choir, as of the very angels themselves were welcoming her home. Death had lost its sting.
On January 25, 1922, there passed into the great beyond the spirit of the exemplary Christian and citizen and champion of the Southern Confederacy, Mrs. Caroline Ware Gay.
During the War between the States, she was known as "The Little Rebel." She loved to recount her thrilling experiences in the sixties, but always with such modesty and womanly devotion that her war enemies were compelled to admire her.
"Time goes, you say? Ah! no.
One's life work is perhaps never completed, but one's acts and deeds live on for time's uses, they never die.
Identified prominently with the Memorial Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Mrs. Gay will be publically missed. But it was at home, with her family and friends, that she was best beloved. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Gay Nix, and her grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Nooner Miss Julia Nix, Miss Mary Nix, and other relatives.
With military honors she was laid to rest by the side of loved ones in Hillview Cemetery at LaGrange, and with an escort of veterans, younger friends as pallbearers, and the flag of Dixie draping her flower-covered, "taps" was gently sounded and the curtain fell upon the life of this great little woman.
(Annie Cartright McClure, LaGrange, Ga.)
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine. June, 1922.
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