||Obituary written by her son John Higgins Strain, enclosed in the Strain Family Bible, copied by John Lansdale Sr.:|
"Departed this life, on the morning of the 29th of May, 1865, at the residence of her eldest son, in Washington City, Mrs. Jane H. Strain, widow of the late Allen Strain, of East Tennessee. The deceased was a native of Tennesseee. She was born in 1793, and was consequently at the time of her death in her 72nd year of her age.
"In the summer of 1812, she, with her husband, united with the Presbyterian Church, of which she remained a consistent and worthy member to the close of her life. She was the mother of eight children, all of whom are still living, except one son. [Joseph Allen Strain, d. 1856.] These children she taught, both by process and example, to revere that Holy Religion which she herself enjoyed.
"When the Rebellion broke out in Tennessee, the members of the family living at the old Homestead, being opposed to secession, were despoiled of their property; and, having endured great hardships, she at length saw no other alternative before her than to leave her native state, and, though in extremely delicate health, to undertake what was at that time a difficult and perilous journay to Washington City, the residence of her eldest son, J[ohn] H[iggins] Strain, where she remained up to the day of her death. She often remarked during her illness, that she was sustained and comforted by that same divine Grace which had been her support all along the journey of her Christian life.
"She had enjoyed but feeble health for the last forty-five years, yet she never murmured or complained at her lot, but always expressed herself as devloutly thankful that the Heavenly Father was so good and kind to her. Her confidence was in her Saviour, as the only ground and source of all her hopes--and, if on the one hand, her feelings seldom rose into what may be termed an ecstasy, on the other hand they seldom sank into a morbid depression.
"Her mind was of a healthful and cheerful tine. She was noted for looking at the bright, rather than the dark side of the picture of life. She had a strong and an abiding faith in an overruling Providence. In speaking of her children, from whom she was often and long separated, she never failed to remark that they were in good hands, and would be well taken care of.
"She was never known to speak evil of others, but possessed that Charity which ‘believeth all things' and and ‘hopeth all things' and which prompted her to place the most favorable construction upon all the words and actions of those around her. She was a woman of deep piety, one whose spriit was free from guile, and whose character rested upon the basis of truth. She died as if falling asleep--calm, serene, and without a struggle. On the evening of the 30th of May her mortal remains were deposided in the Oak-Hill Cemetery, on the Heights of Georgetown, there to repose until summond to the Resurrection of Life. ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. They rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.'"