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Nellie Mae Soapes Davis
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1898
Throckmorton County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep., 1970
Custer County
Oklahoma, USA

Born Nellie Mae Soapes to Spencer Alexander Soapes and Elizabeth Hendrix in 1898, her first name change came at just 17 years old. Anxious to get away from home, Nellie Mae married Jephthia Homer Jester and soon came to regret that decision. It was an unpleasant marriage with three children, Juanita, Wilburn, and Palman born in quick succession. After the birth of her third child, Nellie Mae filed for divorce and moved to Clinton, Oklahoma. In about 1926, due to extreme financial hardship, Nellie Mae allowed her son, Palman, to be adopted out. His name was changed to Anthony "Michael" Cuff Jr. Shortly after, she met William Jennings Bryan Towles, married him and found herself pregnant once again. Her fourth and last child, William Ray Towles was born in 1928. When little Bill was only 18 months old, his father, W.J.B Towles died from double pneumonia. Life was very hard for Nellie Mae at this point. In 1932, Nellie married Newton T. "Cat" Green. This was a long and successful marriage, lasting over 30 years until Nellie Mae was widowed once again in 1963. The years of her marriage were not without grief however. The late 1930's saw years of teenage strife between Nellie Mae and her daughter Juanita, the death of her mother Elizabeth, the accidental death of her son Palman(Michael) and the accidental death of her son Wilburn. Nellie Mae and Cat had retired in Norwalk, California and after being widowed, her son, Bill, wanted her to live with his young family in Placentia, California, but she chose to move back to Clinton, Oklahoma. She did not want to ever be a burden and she very much wanted to be near her sister Alice and her roots once again. Nellie Mae began attending her old church and re-met Silas Davis, a man who had had a crush on her as a girl and was still in love with her after all those years. Nellie was very happy with Silas, a kind man, until she passed away at 72, in September of 1970, and left him a widower. Without his Nellie Mae, Silas passed on only three years later. Despite her happy years with Silas, she requested to be buried in the family plot with all of her relatives.

So, Nellie Mae is buried next to the first real love of her life, William Jennings Bryan Towles, in a special plot in the Clinton Cemetery. Her son, Wilburn Jester, is buried inside the family plot perimeter also, near his mother. Immediately to the right of William Jennings Bryan Towles are Spencer Alexander Soapes and Elizabeth Hendrix Soapes Bozarth in unmarked graves. Martha Ellen Vibbird Towles Smith is buried a short distance from them but outside the perimeter of the family plot. 
Family links: 
  Spencer Alexander Soapes (1861 - 1928)
  Elizabeth Hendrix Bozarth (1869 - 1937)
  Jepthia Homer Jester (1890 - 1952)
  William Jennings Bryan Towles (1896 - 1929)
  Newton Taylor Green (1885 - 1963)
  Silas P Davis (1900 - 1973)
  Francis Juanita Jester Waller (1917 - 1998)*
  Wilburn Jester (1919 - 1938)*
  Anthony Michael Jester Cuff (1922 - 1937)*
  William Ray Towles (1928 - 2015)*
  Nellie Mae Soapes Davis (1898 - 1970)
  Earl Clifton Soapes (1903 - 1971)*
  Alice Gertrude Soapes Gabler (1906 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Clinton Cemetery
Custer County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Mardi Kightlinger
Record added: Jul 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72977301
Nellie Mae <i>Soapes</i> Davis
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To me you will always be "Gramma Green in the trailer". When we used to come and see you and Pappy in your trailer in Norwalk, the five of us kids would rush past you with a "Hi, Gramma!" and right to your white milk glass candy jar. You always had oran...(Read more)
- Mardi Kightlinger
 Added: Oct. 21, 2012
Rest well, Mother. You were deeply loved.Your son,
- William Ray Towles
 Added: Jul. 10, 2011

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