|Death: ||Apr. 2, 1926|
The Billings Gazette
Saturday, April 3, 1926
BURNS FATAL TO BEST GIRL
After Valiant Fight for Life, Flames' Victim Dies
Nellie Best, the 9-year-old negro girl who was burned Sunday, died from the effect of the burns at St. Vincent's hospital Friday morning at 11 o'clock. No hope for her recovery was held from the first and the burns being so severe that physicians considered it remarkable that she lived as long as she did. She had been gradually growing worse for more than a day after showing some slight improvement at first.
The little girl was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William M. (Nellie) Best, 102 South Twenty-second street. She was born at Sheridan, Wyo., a little more than nine years ago. Besides the father and mother, five sisters and three brothers survive.
The girl was playing with some playmates in a shack a short distance from her home. A fire had been built by them in a discarded stove. In taking off the lid of the stove, the flames caught the girl's dress and she was enveloped by fire. Screams of the children brought several people to the shack where the girl was found writhing in agony with nearly all her clothing burned from her body. She was rushed to the hopital where every effort was made to relieve her suffering.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon, April 5, at 2:30 o'clock at the A.M.E. church. The Rev. H. C. White will officiate. Interment in Mountview cemetery.
William M. Best (1876 - 1931)
Nellie Perryman Best (1883 - 1967)
Bertha Best Arias (1903 - 1970)*
Dorothy Vernon Best Morris (1908 - 2002)*
William Harold Best (1910 - 1963)*
James Russell Best (1913 - 1987)*
Nellie Best (1917 - 1926)
Montana June Best Smith (1919 - 2009)*
Eugene Richard Best (1925 - 2012)*
Plot: Sec 99S, Lot 280, Grave 9
Created by: Burt
Record added: Sep 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58500908
God Bless you, Nellie, and give you peace.|
Added: Sep. 11, 2010