Gossard, Phebe (1789-1837)
Died, July 15, 1837, aged forty-eight, Phebe Gossard of Derby. She was brought to God under the ministry of Bro. Sampson Turner, about twenty years ago, while she was living at Barton in the Burton circuit; and continued a steady and devoted member of the P. M. society, until removed to a better world.
During her last illness she was heavily afflicted in body, and a subject of severe temptations; but she resisted the enemy steadfastly in the faith, and looked to her Saviour who knew how to succour her. She was very thankful for the visits of her Christian friends, in the seasons of trial; and while they were engaged in prayer, her soul frequently burst out in holy raptures, desiring to depart and be with Christ, yet saying, “The Lord’s will be done.”
As she drew nearer to the gates of death, she grew more heavenly-minded. At length the signal for her departure was given, and without one lingering groan she mounted on high, leaving her husband and children behind to follow her as she followed Christ. God grant that they may do so. Amen.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 36-37.