|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1921|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 2011|
Mary Willson Felton, a longtime resident of Houston, Texas and in later years Tyler, Texas, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Mary was ninety years old. She was a person of faith and had a blessedly peaceful transition.
Mary was born on September 20, 1921 in the tiny East Texas town of Chester in her family's home in the piney woods.
Mary was a farm child and shouldered chores from a young age, including picking cotton in the summer sun – a task she recalled none too fondly.
The daughter of a schoolteacher, Mary could read and write by age four and she remained an avid reader her entire life. Early memories are of the family's subscription to the Dallas Morning News (a luxury during the depression era) and following accounts of Texas Governor "Ma" Ferguson as well as the saga of Bonnie and Clyde. Mary attended the College of Marshall, now known as East Texas Baptist University. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society. After graduating, Mary remained in Marshall as the college president's secretary.
At the advent of World War II, Mary took the civil service exam and worked in Houston for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corp. After the war, Mary was employed by First City National Bank in downtown Houston. She married Charles Rex Felton on New Year's Day 1947. During their honeymoon in Galveston, the newlyweds visited the storied Balinese Room, which was lost to the sea during Hurricane Ike. Mary lived in Houston until retirement, when she and Charles moved to Tyler, Texas. Being children of rural East Texas, they longed for small-town America.
Mary is survived by her husband, Charles Felton of The Woodlands, daughter, Rexanne Felton of Houston, son, Dr. Charles Ronald Felton & wife Margaret of Greenland, New Hampshire, grandson, Sam Felton and granddaughter, Anna Felton.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10am at Chester Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, all in Chester. Officiating will be Brother Hails Taylor.
Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Mount Hope Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 28, 2011
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