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Gerda Luyties Prevost
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1879
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1972
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

Daughter of Herman and Louise Rein Luyties, wife of Marshall Blair Prevost.

"Gerda (Gea'-dah) was an artist, poet, model, and stunningly beautiful woman of the world. Born in the wealthy St Louis Luyties family (pronounced Loo - teez) who developed the famous Luyties Pharmacal Company (one of the oldest family owned companies in the US), Gerda and her older 2 brothers (Herman & August) and 2 older sisters (Anna and Lily) traveled the world and were educated in Europe. She spoke fluent German, Spanish and French. Her sister, Lily Luyties Clare lived in Paris. Her brother August was a carriage devotee and for a time, drove the Busch Clydesdales with the Anheuser family.

The most charming Gerda met the equally charming and dashing Marshall Blair Prevost while their respective families were on vacation at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. After a long distance courtship, they married in 1903, whereupon her new husband whisked Gerda away to the jungles of Mexico, in the state of Guerrero to manage silver and copper mines. He taught her to become an excellent marksman and at each camp he would set up a series of matchboxes on a fence. Using her shiny new Smith & Wesson rifle, she would blast each one off the fence in a grand display, showing the natives how well she could handle a gun (and defend herself). The natives were truly amazed by the Prevosts. Marshall Prevost was 6'6" and Gerda was 5'9" with long blonde hair and blue eyes. Not only had they never seen such tall people, but they were astounded by this fair skinned, blue eyed woman. They thought she was a goddess and followed her everywhere.

Each morning when she opened the shutters of their house, there were the village people waiting to see her again! She was in charge of the horses, pack mules, cleaning the guns and making certain their boots were shaken each morning to remove deadly Mexican scorpions!

They lived in Mexico until ~1907 and then moved to St Louis where their first two sons were born: Marshall Laurens Prevost (1908-1931) and Gerhardt Luyties Prevost ("Gerry" 1910-1977). Gerda was known as "Mima" by my brother, Marshall, and me. Mima was extremely intelligent, charismatic, incredibly charming and imaginative, a lovely, elegant lady, kind, gentle and wise, she taught us many lessons in life...she walked in beauty ... and I still miss her."

Written by Elena Prevost Lamberson 
Family links: 
  Herman C.G. Luyties (1832 - 1896)
  Louise Rein Luyties (1835 - 1914)
  Marshall Blair Prevost (1877 - 1938)
  Marshall Lawrence Prevost (1907 - 1927)*
  Gerry Luyties Prevost (1910 - 1977)*
  Tournay Prevost (1912 - 1953)*
  Christie Herman Clare Prevost (1914 - 2002)*
  Gerda Luyties Prevost McCahan (1920 - 1992)*
  Frederick August Luyties (1867 - 1942)*
  Herman C. G. Luyties (1871 - 1921)*
  Gerda Luyties Prevost (1879 - 1972)
*Calculated relationship
Wife of Marshall Blair Prevost. Born St Louis, Mo. Died Greenville, SC
Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: robin pellicci moore
Originally Created by: Robin Farley Dixson
Record added: Feb 23, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8431736
Gerda <i>Luyties</i> Prevost
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Gerda <i>Luyties</i> Prevost
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My grandparents Toy and Lydia Vaughn apparently delivered produce from their farm to the Prevost home in Greenville, SC, and named my mother,Gerda Vaughn b. 1918, after Gerda Prevost. Good to have this history of Mrs. Prevost.
- Susan P. Finlay
 Added: Mar. 11, 2015
To the beautiful Gerda...
- robin pellicci moore
 Added: Jul. 9, 2011

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