Stout, Ann (nee Gale) (1824-1907)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.P.
Mrs. Ann Stout, widow of the Rev. George Stout, was born at Bedale, Jan. 31st, 1824. When she was twelve years old her family removed to Crakehall, and though she had been brought up to attend the services of the Church of England, she and her eldest sister attended some cottage prayer meetings and services in our old chapel. At sixteen she decided for Christ and at once became an active worker.
In 1850 she was married to Rev. G. Stout, whose trials and triumphs she bravely shared. She was a devout and regular attendant at the means of Grace, and especially loved the class meeting. In 1870, on account of the failing health of her husband they superannuated and came to reside in Ripon. Here our sister worked hard and took great interest in all the work of the church. Her health gradually failed, and for the last few years of her life she suffered much but with great patience and fortitude. Her faith was unwavering and her hope continued bright. Her consideration for the poor and afflicted never abated and one of her last acts was one of charity.
On Monday, December 16th, 1907, she passed away most peacefully. The interment took place in the graveyard of the Cathedral, the service being conducted in our own church in Allhallowgate, by Revs. J. Bennett and W.Spivey. Rev. J. Pearson read the committal service, and out of respect for the late Mrs. Stout the very Reverend Dean Fremantle attended and offered the concluding prayer. A memorial service was conducted by the writer in Ripon Chapel, on December 29th. Her removal leaves a blank it will not be easy to fill. May her loved ones find comfort in the hope they have of meeting her when their work is done.
Ann was born on 31 January 1824 at Bedale, Yorkshire, to parents Robert, a comber, and Elizabeth. She was baptised on 18 April 1824 at Bedale.
She married George Stout (1820-1892), a PM minister, in 1850. Census returns identify five children.
- Elizabeth (1851-1926) – married John Handley Tennant, a draper, in 1874
- Annie (1853-1933)
- John Gale (1856-1868)
- William (1858-1871)
- Mary (1864-1940) – a music teacher (1901)
Ann died on 16 December 1907 at Ripon, Yorkshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/236
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