Pugh, Sarah Alice (nee Franks) (1874-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Ritson

In the very prime of life Mrs. William Pugh was called to the higher service. From early years associated with our Church and Sunday school in Motherwell, she won the respect and love of all by her quiet dignity, her uniform kindliness, her varied service. For ten years the leader of the Junior Endeavour, and for some years an assistant class leader, she gave of her best to her family and the Church.

She manifested something of dismay when she learned that her illness was mortal, for she had planned much service for others in the next few years; but she bowed to the will of Infinite Wisdom and Love, and through many months of agony remained wonderfully bright and cheerful. Added anxiety was given to her last days by the news that her only son had been wounded at the Dardanelles, and she prayed incessantly for him as he did for her. 

The writer conducted the interment, and the memorial service on August 1st, 1915. Parents, husband, two daughters and a son mourn their loss.


Sarah was born in the spring of 1874 at Oldbury, Worcestershire, to parents William Franks, an ironworks labourer (1881), and Sarah Jane Payne.

Sarah was a school teacher before her marriage (1891).

She married William Isaac Pugh (1870-1940), an agent for Prudential Assurance (1901). Census returns identify three children.

  • Florence Ethel (b abt1893)
  • John James Isaac (1894-1973)
  • Ruth Alice (b abt1897)

Sarah died in the summer of 1915 at Motherwell, Lanarkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/749

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