Lizzie Middleton Thurston

The Payette Independent
Thursday, March 15, 1928


It was with feelings of deepest sorrow that the citizens of Payette learned that the spirit of Mrs. J. S. Thurston had taken its flight and that one of the noblest and most saintly women of this community has been taken from among us.

Mother Thurston, for she was mother to everybody, had been ill for some time and as her condition became serious she was taken to the Ontario hospital and underwent an operation only to find that she was beyond human help and that the end was very near. She passed peacefully away Saturday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Lizzie Middleton was born April 1st, 1857, in Argyle, La Fayette County, Wisconsin.

At the early age of fourteen she began teaching school in order to assist her widowed mother, her father having died in 1865.

On March 27, 1879, she married John S. Thurston, also a native of Argyle, Wisconsin. A few years later they moved to Kansas for a short time and afterward, lived in Nebraska, coming to Payette in 1891 where they have since resided.

She was the mother of six children, Irwin L., Clyde W., and Ralph V. Thurston, of Payette, Mrs. C. W. Buckley, of Eugene, Oregon, Mrs. H. P. Eller, of Astoria, Oregon, and Mrs. P. P. Brainard, temporarily at Palo Alto, California.

She joined the Methodist church in 1877 and was a constant and faithful worker in all of its activities as long as her health permitted.

She departed this life March 10, 1928, leaving to mourn her going her husband, her six children and ten grandchildren.

She was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery after a touching and fitting funeral service at the Methodist church at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Vernon E. Hall, her pastor, paid a fitting tribute to her nobleness of character and consecrated Christian life; floral offerings were beautiful and in great numbers while the church was filled with sorrowing friends to pay their last tribute to one who live to bless all who were privileged to know her.

To the bereaved husband and family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.