Rawnsley, Sarah (1861-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Joseph Maland 

New Hey Road Church, Bradford, experienced grievous loss in the promotion of Sarah Rawnsley to higher service. For nearly forty years she was honourably associated with our Church as scholar, teacher (being in charge of the infants’ class for thirty years), choir, C.E. and Band of Hope. 

Absolutely consecrated to Christ, she translated her discipleship in terms of sacrifice and service. She was a regular subscriber to the magazines, a generous supporter of Missions, a frequent visitor to Synod and Conference. With her husband, she gave a handsome gift to the Centenary Fund — an offering costly in self-denial. With exceptionally fine gifts of intellect and heart, our friend had a wonderful gift in prayer and song, and was steeped with the spirit of the Bible.

The end of her life was shadowed with bereavement and affliction. These days were often dark and perplexing, but she ever kept her face towards the dawn. She entered into rest Saturday, June 18th, at the comparatively early age of 48, and now lives for ever with the Lord of life.


Sarah was born in late 1861 at Bradford, Yorkshire, to parents Philip Pengilly, a wool comber (1851), and Rebecca Pitts.

Before her marriage Sarah worked as a worsted weaver.

She married Joseph Rawnsley (1862-1909), a railway carrier (1901),  in late 1888 at Bradford, Yorkshire.

Sarah died on 18 June 1910 at Bradford, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/826

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