Rawlings, Amy (nee Yates) (1857-1914)

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

Amy Rawlings was born on September 6th, 1857, at Wilton, Wilts. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Yates, who were Congregationalists; but, on going to reside in Wilton, joined our Church, because it appeared to be the Church which most greatly needed help, and continued until their deaths most devoted and loyal members. Her father was the chief of the ancient carpet industry of the town, and took a very active part in political, temperance and other movements for the good of the people. The home of our sister’s parents’ was freely open to our ministers and local preachers, and became a centre of interest to the Brinkworth and Salisbury and Southampton Districts. 

From the deceased’s earliest days she was deeply interested in our church work. In 1879 she married Mr. E. C. Rawlings, who has become our Connexional solicitor, and settled at Hammersmith. During the last thirty-five years she actively sought to promote the success of our churches, not only in Hammersmith—where she was much beloved—but in many other of our Metropolitan circuits when she had strength and opportunity to visit them at bazaars and other functions. She was keenly interested for many years in the arrangements for our annual Missionary Anniversary, and took an active part in them when the breakfasts and teas were held at the City Temple. 

She served as one of the early presidents of the London Ladies’ Missionary Association for two years, and subsequently as President of the Women’s Missionary Federation. At one of the anniversary meetings she read a paper on the need of a Settlement for women’s work, and this led soon after to the Sisters’ Settlement at St. George’s Hall being started. She also did very useful work in connection with our Orphan Homes, by serving on the committee for Alresford. In all the institutions of our Church she manifested a deep and practical interest.

To our Hammersmith Circuit and the Borough of Hammersmith she gave ungrudgingly, both of service and means. In Dalling Road Church she assisted in organising and carrying through successfully no less than twenty-three bazaars, and in founding and discharging the presidency of a mothers’ meeting, which is still flourishing. Her influence in public affairs was considerable. For many years she served as manager of two groups of elementary schools, besides assisting in Liberal and other functions, and was one of the most popular mayoresses of the borough when her husband was mayor in 1906-7. 

On account of her health her husband removed his residence from the borough, and has for some years resided at Ealing Common; but she continued her membership with the Hammersmith Church, and was generally present at the Sunday morning and sacramental services. It was always a joy to see her in the congregation, for she was a devout soul and a most appreciative hearer. Her sympathy, benevolence and graciousness will long keep her memory green. 

In August last her health began to fail, and though her end was not anticipated, on November 11th “God’s finger touched her and she slept.” The evidence of the affection in which she was held, and the widespread influence she exercised, was seen in the representative assembly at her funeral. Dalling Road Church was crowded, and many were unable to get in. Rev. John Holland conducted the service, and our veteran missionary, Rev. G.E. Butt, who had known her from childhood, in a choice address paid a beautiful tribute to her life and work. Revs. G. Bennett (President of the Conference), W. Mincher, and J.D. Thompson also took part in the service. On November 22nd Rev. J. Holland conducted the memorial service.

Family

Amy was born on 6 September 1857 at Wilton, Wiltshire, to parents Samuel Pardoe Yates, a carpet manufacturer, and Rachel Mapp

She married Edmund Charles Rawlings (1854-1917), a solicitor, in the summer of 1879 at Wilton, Wiltshire. Census returns identify two of their three children.

  • Kathleen Amy Rachel (1884-1961) – married Thomas Brown Heward, a PM Minister, in 1910
  • Muriel Agnes (1886-1959) – married Herbert Henry Bowyer, a solicitor, in 1908

Amy died on 11 November 1914 at Ealing Common, Middlesex.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/325

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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