Mrs. Ada Frazer Read Obituary


Ada S. Frazer, wife of Henry Clay Read, born October 14, 1833 in Columbia, Kentucky.  Fell asleep in Jesus, September 6, 1901, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  “Her children arise up and call her blessed.”  Columbia Cemetery

Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky

from The Adair County News

Wednesday, September 11, 1901

Death of Mrs. Ada Read

A dispatch was received here Saturday, from St. Paul, Minnesota, announcing the death of Mrs. Ada Read, formerly a resident of this place. This sad news will be received with profound regret by a very large circle of friends not only here, but elsewhere in the state, and indeed wherever she was known.

For many years past she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. James T. Caldwell, of Taylor County, spending a portion of her time, however, with her sons at St. Paul, Minnesota, and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

A few weeks ago she went on a visit to her son, William C. Read, at St. Paul, and soon after her arrival it was discovered by a medical examination that she was suffering with a cancerous trouble, which made it necessary that an operation should be performed which involved the loss of one of her lower limbs. She submitted to this operation, and had so far recovered as to be able to move about her room in an invalid chair. Her friends flattered themselves with the hope that though thus disabled she would be spared for many years to her family.

Heart trouble, it was said, was the immediate cause of her death, produced no doubt by the severe ordeal through which she had passed. We infer that her death was sudden, and at the time unexpected.

Few women were more generally beloved that Mrs. Read – few are more useful in their life work than she was. She leaves a record that is a precious heritage to her children. In society, in the church, in the home, she was a noble example of the true, Christian woman. Not only her children, but many others who have come under the influence of her life will “arise up and call her blessed”.

Mrs. Read was born and reared in this community, and was the youngest daughter and child of James and Kitty A. Frazer, early settlers in the town. Two sisters survive her, Mrs. E. L. Curd, of this place, and Mrs. T. T. Alexander, of St. Paul, Minnesota.

In her young womanhood she married Rev. Henry C. Read, who was at one time pastor of the Presbyterian Church and principal of the M. & F. High School. By him she had five children, Hon. James F. Read, Frank and Henry Read, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, William C. Read, of St. Paul, and Mrs. James T. Caldwell, of Taylor County, Kentucky, all whom survive her.

Her husband died in 1863 and left her with the care of their children – the youngest then an infant.

In her training of them it could be said of her in the language of the wisest of men.

“She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

She lived to see them all grown up prosperously and happily settled in life – a crowning joy to her last days.

Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.

The funeral services will take place in the Presbyterian Church, this city, tomorrow (Thursday) forenoon and the interment will be in the town cemetery.


Rev. Henry Clay Read, born January 30, 1826, died October 23, 1863  Columbia Cemetery

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