Lucy Cavins Obituary

from the Frederick Leader, Friday, November 5, 1915


Mrs. L.A. Cavins, a well-known resident of Tillman Co. died Friday night at about 11 o'clock at her home on West Grand Ave. following an illness of Bright's disease. She was in her sixty-eighth year.

Mrs. Cavins was born December 25, 1847 in Clark Co., Ky. In 1849 she moved with her parents to Boone Co., Mo. In 1872 she was married to Thomas W. Cavins in Hallsville, Mo. They moved to Collin Co., Tx in 1875. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cavins. One of these, Jennie W. died in infancy. Five survive, they being, Mrs. Estelle V. McCarty, Mrs. Maggie E. Carpenter, Mrs. Fannie C. Wolfe, Vernon S. Cavins and Mrs. Mary E. Edwards.

Mrs. Cavins was left a widow and in 1884 was married to J. T. Townsend. Two children were born to this union, Thomas L. Townsend and Mrs. Robie E. Abbott, both of whom survive.

There also survive her 22 grandchildren, 4 sisters, Mrs. Bettie Johnson & Mrs. Mollie Denniston of Kopperal, Tx; Mrs. Nora Watson of Slidell, Tx; Mrs. Cora Muncy of Perry and one brother, R. A. Quisenberry of Gainesville, Tx.

Mrs. Cavins professed faith in Christ Jesus when a young woman and joined the Baptist church. She remained a faithful member of that church until the time of her death. Her life was one of that beauty which comes only from a Christian character and righteous thought and action. She was so well prepared for the transition from this life to the one beyond that she asked her children not to mourn for her and not to wear mourning because she was going to a beautiful land of rest and she added to request that they should all wear white. In keeping with this sentiment all the floral offerings at the funeral services were white and her request was carried out in every way possible

The following obituary was also provided by the funeral home in Frederick.

Mrs. L.A. Cavins died 29 Oct. 1915 at Frederick, Oklahoma. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. A. Knight. A large crowd was in attendance and many beautiful floral offerings, all in white, were made, typical of the faith and purity of her life.

Reverend Knight preached from the text, "She hath done what she could," reading the story of Dorcas and her good works, as appropriate for the occasion. Mr. Knight paid an eloquent tribute to Mrs. Cavins' life and character, holding her up as an exemplary mother, neighbor and church member.

Interment was made at the city cemetery.

NOTE: Thomas William Cavins, Lucy Quisenberry Cavins' husband (born March 16, 1844 and died March 14, 1883) is buried in the Greenwood, Wise County, Texas cemetery.

Submitted by J.A. Wynn on October 22, 2002.