Coke Family Memorial, Eardisley

Recent Photograph of Coke Family Memorial (Eardisley)

The inscription records:

To the dear memory of
Anne Elizabeth
the pious and virtuous, the fond and faithful wife of
the Rev. George COKE of Lower Moor in this Parish
to whom she left by her example
a strengthened reliance
in the consoling faith of a Christian
through which he holds a steadfast hope
that he shall join her in Heaven
as his lasting comfort under the affliction of her early death
She was the only daughter of
the late Rev. James HODGSON M.A.
Rector of Barwick in the County of York
she died 28th March 1831
on the eleventh day after child-birth aged 28 years
leaving their children to their widowed father
as a solace and anxious care
Her amiable qualities and unostentatious talents
made her beloved and admired by her relatives and friends
Her gentle manners and thoughtful kindness to the Poor
with her own unsparing labour for their instruction and relief
procured her their blessings in her life
and their tears in her death
As a mother she was tender and judicious
as the mistress of a family kind and considerate
but for her now bereaved husband
the love she bore to all was heightened
into the firmest and attachment of her pure heart
to him she was ever faithful loving and amiable
alas for him
they meet no more in this world
His grief at her loss can only be equalled by his pride
and his hop;e through the infinite mercies of his God and Saviour
to be restored to her in Heaven
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

Calm in the bosom of thy God
Fair spirit, rest the now!
Even while with ours thy footsteps trod
His seal was on thy brow
Dust to its narrow house beneath
soul, to its place on high
They that have seen thy look in death,
no more may fear to die.

In this church, near her kindred are deposited the remains
of Lucy third daughter of the Rev. Francis COKE of Lower Moor and Anne his wife
Born 20th July A.D. 1800 Died 22nd October A.D. 1844.
Adorned with many excellent gifts she employed the energies of a well judging mind
and a Christian spirit in the service of God and her fellow creatures,
beloved by rich and poor she died deeply lamented.
In her family greatly esteemed and beloved, her life was indeed precious,
she devotedly watched over and instructed the children
of a widowed brother "and was as one that comforted the mourners
through faith she stood superior to the difficulties of this life
and in firm reliance of her Saviour's merits
she looked from Earth to Heaven, in humble hope of Life Eternal.
On the 20th. of April 1863, the Revd. George COKE of Lower Moor,
after long suffering from loss of sight
was reunited in death with his wife and sister
a faithful widower for many years
and tender parent to his three children
He proved the depth of his affection for the living
and his pious memory of the dead.
The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Isiah, 60, 20.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

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