South, Ethel (1887-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by B.A.B.

The passing of Miss Ethel South removes a familiar figure from the Young People’s Circle of the Harehills Avenue Church, Leeds. Though but twenty-six years of age, her sweet and gracious personality has left a marked impression. She early discovered the true secret of life, and rendered much quiet and effective Christian service. She was a delicate instrument, sensitive to the slightest trouble of those around her. Her love of little children was a pronounced characteristic, and she filled her life with “many gentle acts of kindness and of love.” Day by day she went blithely on her business and performed her duties with laughter and with a kind face. A loyal Sunday-school teacher and an active Christian Endeavourer, she was always intensely interested in the welfare of the Church. Her home life was full of singular charm and beauty.

On November 2nd “God’s finger touched her and she slept.”


Ethel was born on 4 June 1887 at Leeds, Yorkshire, to parents Isaac William South, a book-keeper (1891) and later a commercial traveller, and Helena Topham. She was baptised on 24 July 1887 at St Matthews, Leeds.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Ethel.

  • 1911 mantle maker – unemployed

Ethel died on 2 November 1913 at Leeds, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/330

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