Mrs. Elizabeth Drinkwater, 94, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herschel Taylor, in the Postal community at 1:15 a. m., Sunday. She had been bedfast for the past eight months.

Mrs. Drinkwater was born in Johnson County near Warrensburg Aug. 20, 1864, daughter of the late Rev. John T. and Mary Barnhart Farley. The family came to Pettis County when she was a small child and she lived most of her life in the Beaman community.

Mrs. Drinkwater was the eldest of a family of seven children. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Farley, who died in infancy, and Dr. Abraham J. Farley, who died July 22, 1957, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Patterson, who died July 7, 1958.

Mrs. Drinkwater was the last living charter member of Memorial Baptist Church.

She was married in Pettis County in the Lookout community Dec. 28, 1884, to Charles Archibald Drinkwater. They were the parents of eight children. One son, died in infancy, and three daughters preceded Mrs. Drinkwater in death, Miss Lula Drinkwater, who died at the age of 16 years, and Mrs. Clarence Hughes and Mrs. Anthony Ross.

Mr. Drinkwater died Jan. 13, 1945. After his death, Mrs. Drinkwater had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Herschel Taylor, the past 14 years. Surviving are: Four daughters, Mrs. Herschel Taylor, Route 2, Nelson, Mrs. Sofus Peterson, Warrensburg, Mrs. Willis Gabriel, Nelson, and Mrs. Lena Rush, 914 East Fifth; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Cantlon, Stockton, Mrs. Lena Pool, Concordia, KS; and Mrs. Prudence Dill, Huntington Park, CA; 27 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Memorial Baptist Church at 2 p. m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lindley Enloe, Russellville, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Junior Nichols, Myron Harper, Thomas Conway, Jess DeWitt, L. C. Scott, and Wesley Newton.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery.

The body is at the Ewing Funeral Home, where it will remain until the hour of service.

Source: Sedalia Democrat, 13 Jul 1959
Submitter: Justin Watkins