Contributed by
Regina Kaye Grisham Sass

The Florence Times
20 Jun 1896


Death has visited our neighborhood again and on Wednesday morning, June 10, 1896, just at the break of day, Mrs.  M. L. Landman, one of the oldest ladies of our neighborhood, departed this life.  She had fought the battle of life for 78 long, weary years, and as the 79th rolled around, the death angel called her off the stage of action.  She was a devoted mother and an affectionate grandmother.  Her husband died several years ago.  She leaves children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to mourn her loss.  While soul and body were separating and she could only whisper, she was heard to say: I am happy, I am happy.  To the sorrowing ones I would say, weep not for God knows best.  And ere long in the years to come you too will sleep in a gave on the green hillside: And I too as I gazed on the pale brown, thought of these lines:

             Hail, ye stranger passing by,
            As you are now, so once was I,
            As I am now, so you will be,
            Prepare for death and follow me.

Written by a friend Arthur, Ala

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