Buckby, Eliza (nee Winterton) (1832-1905)
Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger
MR5. ELIZA BUCKBY, wife of Mr. Richard Buckby, one of the oldest and most respected members in the Oakham Circuit, passed away on March 5th, 1905, after a long and painful illness. She was led to Christ early in her teens and never looked back, having been a follower of Christ for fifty-six years. For many years she took a very active part in various kinds of Christian work. In connection with the Sunday-school Bible Classes for the young, and Mother’s Meetings, she did good work; and for twenty years was a local preacher. Her happiest hours were those spent in toiling for her Master, whom she “loved and served. It is impossible to say how much our Churches owe to such devoted women. Constant and unwavering in their devotion to Christ and His people, ever ready to do anything they can to help on the work of God, “their record is on high,” and they will not lose their reward. Mrs. Buckby was one of them. Her health for several years was greatly impaired, rendering her attendance at the means of grace impossible, but her interest in the cause of Christ never waned. When the end drew near she was graciously sustained by the presence of God, and her heart was full of praise and thanksgiving. She wished her husband and daughters not to trouble on account of her removal from them. They have the satisfaction to know that she is gone “to be with Christ, which is far better.” Her mortal remains were borne to the grave by four of her nephews, all members of our Church at Oakham, and a brief address was given by the minister, after which one of her favourite hymns was sung, and we retired from the quiet village graveyard, feeling that we had lost another of the friends whom we had known for many years. Thus,
“Friend after friend departs,
And star by star declines.”
but so decline, that “they hide themselves in heaven’s own light.”
J. R. B.
Family and other information
Eliza was baptised on 21 August 1832 at Empingham, Rutland. Her parents were Thomas and Ann Winterton. Thomas worked the land.
After working as a domestic servant, Eliza married Richard Buckby (1837-1913) in early 1860 at Oakham, Rutland. Richard was a carpenter and later a timber merchant. Census returns identify two children.
- Elizabeth Ann (1860-1929) – married William Fox, a blacksmith, in 1887
- Emma (abt1862-1939) – a dressmaker
Following Eliza’s death, Richard married Rose A Bailey in the summer of 1910.
Christian Messenger 1905/283
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