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Marguerita Angela "Mattie" Smith White
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1885
Saguache County
Colorado, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1966
Gunnison County
Colorado, USA


The Gunnison County Globe - 20 Jan 1966

Lifetime Resident, Mattie A. White, Funeral Today

Mrs. Mattie White, lifelong resident of Gunnison County, died Tuesday afternoon about 4:30, in the Valley Manor Nursing Home, in Montrose, as the result of a heart attack. She had been in the nursing home since last September. Prior to that, she had been a patient in the Community Hospital frequently.

Mrs White died less than two weeks before her 81st birthday, which would have been January 31st.

Marguerita Angelina was born in Pitkin, in 1885, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh G. Smith, early settlers of Gunnison County. Her father was a teamster and hauled produce to the mining areas.

She received her schooling in Gunnison County, and received nurses training in Salida. Although not a registered nurse, she worked in the Comminity Hospital in Gunnison and did practical nursing in the homes of many of the Gunnison residents.

Her first marriage was to John Berryhill, 26 Jul 1906. Following his death some years later, she married Harry Gavette in Gunnison, on 30 May 1919. He also preceded her in death, and then she was married to Sherman White on 29 Nov 1930. Mr. White died 16 May 1965.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. White rode with the Pioneers in the Cattlement's Days Parade. She was a familiar figure, riding side saddle in a long velvet riding habit. This past summer, was the first time that she had not been in the parade.

Mattie White was a life member of the Waunita Chapter #37, Order of Eastern Star, and had been awarded her 50 year pin in the order; she was a member of the Community Church, the Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society, and the Gunnison Elks Ladies.

Mrs. White is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Rhoda White of Grand Junction, and Miss Eleanor Gavette, Gunnison; three grandchildren, Bobby, Billy, and Betty White, Grand Junction, and one brother, George Smith of Pueblo. Mrs Rhoda White and children arrived yesterday afternoon for the services.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00, from the Miller Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Babb officiating. Officers of Waunita Chapter conducted the Eastern Star service. Mrs. Lee Spann sang, accompanied by Mrs. C.J. Miller.

Pall bearers were Kenneth Fowler, James Gazoli, Ralph Funk, Louis Simillion, Raleigh Flick, and Robert T. Williams.

Burial is in the Gunnison Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Harry Uverdale Gavette (1891 - 1927)
  Sherman Ford White (1885 - 1965)
  John Harrison Berryhill (1884 - 1926)*
  Rhoda Ethel Berryhill White (1909 - 1994)*
  Eleanor Gavette Bay (1920 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Gunnison Cemetery
Gunnison County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Block42 Lot27 Plot08
Maintained by: Carol Lynn White
Originally Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Oct 30, 2011
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Marguerita Angela Mattie <i>Smith</i> White
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Marguerita Angela Mattie <i>Smith</i> White
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Marguerita Angela Mattie <i>Smith</i> White
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- Carol Lynn White
 Added: Apr. 30, 2012

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