found posted on Mercer County Missouri US Gen Web site:
Subject: LOUISIA MAY CORDLE
Louisia May Cordle, daughter of William S. and Louisia Cordle was born May 2, 1867, in Illinois, and departed this life at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ernest C. Carter on April 29, 1946 at the age of 78 years, 11 months and 27 days.
At an early age she moved to Missouri and spent the reminder of her life in Harrison and Mercer counties. On Nov. 30, 1885, she was united in marriage to William Alexander Craig, and to this union 11 children were born, three of whom preceded her in death, Essie, Ernest, and an infant. Left to mourn her passing are the children, Roy L., Huntsville, Mo.; Hugh L., Mill Grove; Ora S., Cainsville; E. Ray, Chillicothe; Oval W., Mercer; Mrs. Ernest C. Carter, Gilman City; Mrs. Toie E. Still, Cainsville; Mrs. Glen Kirkpatrick, Cainsville; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three brothers and many other relatives and friends. Her husband preceded her in death on June 17, 1939.
Later in this life she was united in marriage to Sol VanVacter, who also preceded her in death.
She united with the church at an early age and lived a true Christian life to the end. Her children were all at her bedside and a short time before death she called each in, one at a time, and with her loving arm around them and tears dripping off of her face onto the pillow, she kissed them goodbye and asked them to remember their mother's prayer, and not to forget to look in her Bible for her hand a letter prepared in a prayer for the children. (She had outlined her hand with a pencil on the back of the letter.)
As the night began to come and the light began to dim the last she said were: "Now, dear children, remember to stay on the straight and narrow road. Watch and pray 'till Jesus comes."
Following is the letter she left in her Bible for her children: "When I am gone you won't forget me. When I am gone there will be a vacant place in your home. When I am gone do not worry for there is a place prepared for me. Hope to meet our loved ones in Heaven around God's throne, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping, no tears, no lonely hours."
"God watch over me that I may find the valley that my loved one passed over, and his request was when you go down that valley remember I have been there. I hope I will be able to find that valley and be prepared to meet our loved one that has already passed on."
"Now, dear children, one and all, pick up your cross and be ready to go down that valley father and mother have already passed over."
Funeral services were held May 1, 1946, at St. Paul church, conducted by Rev. V. F. Walker of Princeton. A male quartet from Princeton, composed of Grady Kauffman, Lyle Lathrop, Mr. Shaffner, and George Martin, furnished the music. Jean Horn Smith, also of Princeton, sang a request solo. Pallbearers were the five sons and one grandson. Flower bearers were nieces and one great-grandson Gary Layne, a special request. Burial was in the St. Paul cemetery with Noel Moss, funeral director, in charge.