Source: North Manchester Journal, March 1, 1894, Obituary:
Death of Mrs. Jesse Arnold
After a lingering illness of many months Mrs. Jesse Arnold peacefully passed away at ten o'clock last Sunday evening, and her spirit took its triumphant flight to him who gave. Her condition during her sickness, and the knowledge that her malady is nearly always fatal, had in a measure prepared her family and friends for the worst, yet it did not lessen the shock of her death to them or soothe their grief.
The death of Mrs. Arnold has carried sorrow to many homes besides those of her immediate family, for she was a lady who was held high in the love and esteem of all who know her. She was a noble christian woman, a loving wife and a kind and gentle mother, in whom was united all those characteristics that inspire love, confidence and esteem in all with whom she came in contact. her friendships were coextensive with her acquaintances, Mrs. Arnold was a woman of more than ordinary attainments and force of character, a faithful and conscientious member of the church of her choice, and an active worker in the auxiliary societies thereto. In all of these circles she will be greatly missed, and the sympathy of many friends is extended the bereaved family.
The deceased was the daughter of Ezra and Sarah Thomson, well-known early settlers in Whitley county, and was nearly 62 years old at her death. She was the mother of four children, three of whom are living and were at her bedside during her last hours. Her early education was one of the most complete to be obtained at that time, and several years of her youth were devoted to school teaching. The following brief sketch of her life was read at the funeral service:
Sarah T. Arnold was born in Washington county, N.Y. She came with her parents to Whitley county, Ind., in 1836. There she lived with her father and mother until her marriage to Jesse Arnold in 1858. Her home was in South Whitley from the date of this marriage until 1872, when with her family she came to North Manchester. This place has ever since been her home. She was reared a Presbyterian but united with the Methodist Episcopal church while a student at Fort Wayne college.
This is the brief outline of a life devoted to high principle and the conscientious performance of duty toward her family and her church. Duty once recognized was never evaded or postponed. That still small voice never spoke to her in accents too low to be unheard. Her charities were numerous, but seldom known save to the recipients. During her long illness the burden of dreary days was lightened by recalling from favorite authors expressions of abiding faith.
The funeral service was conducted at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a very large gathering of friends. Rev. W.S. Stewart conducted the service and opened the same by reading several passages of scripture which were especial favorites of the deceased. His remarks were brief and appropriate, the music was especially fine and the floral offerings very numerous and beautiful. Her remains were laid to rest in Oak Lawn cemetery.
We are requested by the family to extend their thanks to all friends for kindness and assistance during the time of her sickness and burial.