Source: North Manchester Journal, May 29, 1902
Beatrice Willis was born August 31, 1885, and died May 25, 1902, aged 16 years, 8 months and 24 days. For about two years she has been a constant sufferer. yet she never murmured at her lot. She was at all times patient and kind to those about her. Her fortitude was remarkable to those who knew the pain she suffered. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Sunday School. She was always in her place on Sunday morning unless unavoidably detained. Sunday school was a pleasure for her, she enjoyed studying God's word and it was her constant regret after disease laid its heavy hand upon her that she was not able to go to Sunday school. In His infinite wisdom our Heavenly Father looked down and in the midst of her pain and suffering said, it is enough. He has taken her, her suffering is now over. She leaves a father, mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers and a host of friends. May we not sorrow, but rather rejoice that God has called her up higher that her hours of pain and suffering are no more. May we cherish the good things of her life, and may the God of all mercy and love comfort and bind up our broken and bleeding hearts. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
Funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, conducted by Rev. D.F. Thomas in the presence of a large assemblage of friends. Burial in Oak Lawn cemetery.