Schmelzenbaugh, Florence Ellen 1919

MAR. 13, 1919


After a long and faithful service as Methodist choir leader and soloist, cluminating in the three-week revival concluded in the First Methodist Episcopal church Friday evening, MISS FLORENCE ELLEN SCHMELZENBAUGH, aged 27, died last evening at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. W. Schmelzenbaugh, West Fourth street.
She was stricken when scarcely the last echo of her beautiful voice had died out as she pleaded in song with the unconverted at the First church to give their hearts to God in the stirring Methodist revival hymn,
Almost persuaded now to believe,
Almost persuaded Christ to receive,
Seems now some soul to say,
Go Spirit, go thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.
Her last song on earth was at the closing of the revival service Friday Evening. Saturday she was seriously ill and continued to grow worse until last evening when death came.
Miss Schmelzenbaugh has brought comfort and cheer to many bereaved hearts by her beautiful rendition at funerals of such songs as “Fade, Fade, Each Earthly Joy,” and “Jesus, Savior Pilot Me,” She was a faithful and consistent member of the First Methodist church, taking an active part in many of its societies. She did cabecially efficient work as member of the First church choir, and won wide popularity as solist at various musical functions in the city. Last year she served as leader of the Pennsylvania avenue Methodist church choir. She was a member of the Tuesday Musical and Helen Gould club.
Miss Schmelzenbaugh was a draduate of the local high school with the class of 1909 and later completed a course a the Shenandoah Schoolof Music.
She leaves, besides her mother, five sisters, Mrs. Philip Anthony, Grace, Annetta, Alma, Carolyn, and one brother, Frank, at home.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the family residence, Rev. Chas. J. Thompson, pastor of the Sheridan Methodist Episcopal church, of Pittsburg, Pa., will have charge of the services. Interment will be made in Spring Grove cemetery.