Bunting, Fanny Ann (1875-1902)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

MISS FANNY A. BUNTING.— At the age of twenty-six, a life of usefulness and of great influence in the church and in the village of Raunds was ended to this world when Miss Fanny A. Bunting fell asleep in Jesus on February 17th, 1902. Wirksworth, in Derbyshire, was the place of her nativity. There her forbears are well-known for activity and service in connection with our Church. Educated in the midst of Christianizing influences, she early realised an interest in Christ and became a member of the church, took her place in the choir, while in the Sunday school she proved herself a sincere and devoted teacher. On taking up her abode at Raunds she at once threw in her lot with our struggling society, and became quite a tower of strength to the cause. It was she who led the way for the formation of the C.E., and in many ways made many lives stronger by her loyalty, regular attendance at the services, and devotion of life, while her quiet and consistent disposition and character endeared her to quite a large circle of friends within and without the church.

It was during the typhoid epidemic, which raged at Raunds during the last half of 1901, that she fell a victim to the fever. From the attack she never really recovered. Her affliction became more intense and acute about Christmas time. From that time she never rallied, but sank until, bearing her sufferings with quiet and truthful resignation, she passed peacefully and victoriously to her rest and reward.

The funeral took place on February 20th. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one they loved. The first part of the service was conducted in the Wesleyan Church  Rev. J.L. Williams, assisted by the Wesleyan minister. At the graveside (in the Wesleyan graveyard) the children of the school sang the deceased’s favourite hymn. There were beautiful wreaths from Wirksworth Choir, “Friends” at Northampton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bunting, Raunds P.M. Choir and C.E., school and friends, &c., &c.

An “In Memoriam” service was held on Sunday evening, February 23rd, in our church at Raunds, conducted by Rev. J.L. Williams. Special hymns were sung, “Vital Spark” rendered by the choir, and the “Dead March” by Miss A. Lynne.

J.L. Williams

Family and other information

Fanny was born in 1875 to parents Thomas, a groom, and Elizabeth.

The 1901 census shows Fanny working at Raunds, Northamptionshire, as a grocer’s assistant.

References

Christian Messenger 1903/31

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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