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Adele Eloise Thevenet Nesbitt
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1918
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 4, 2003
San Joaquin County
California, USA

LOCKEFORD, Calif. -- Adele Trevenet [Thevenet] Nesbitt, the lovely young girl who cut the ribbon to open Fort Worth's Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in 1936, passed away quietly at her Box Dot Ranch home in Lockeford, Calif., on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, 2003.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. Adele will be laid to rest in the Trevenet family plot, next to her beloved husband, Don. Lodi Funeral Home in Lodi, Calif. is in charge of arrangements.

Adele had designed the Box Dot Ranch home and with her husband, Don Nesbitt, built it into one of the premier cutting horse breeding and training operations in the area. More recently, the ranch had become a quiet pastoral setting for a few mares and foals in the lush pastures.

Adele was born to the prominent Trevenet banking family in Fort Worth. [Adele's birth certificate shows she was born in Dallas, Texas] as a young woman she rode some of the best-gaited horses in the country, winning as far afield as Chicago and Madison Square Garden. Gaited horse competition took the teen-ager to the Denver Stock Show, where she met the handsome cowboy who changed this city-born girl into a real cowgirl. Don Nesbitt had been the 1932 World Champion All-Around Cowboy. He was judging at the Denver show and met Adele at the home of mutual friends. Don and Adele married in August 1938 in Fort Worth and after a wedding trip to Colorado and New Mexico, the couple settled in Arizona on a 125 hundred section ranch in Snowflake, Ariz., where there was no electricity and no running water. Adele thrived, and she and Don bought and sold a number of ranches in the following years. Among Adele's fondest memories were of the years they provided rough stock for rodeos all across the United States. They traveled extensively in the rodeo world, even producing a rodeo at Wembley Stadium in London.

The adventurous pair went on to develop property in Florida before finally retiring to Lockeford, Calif. They brought with them a passion for cutting horses and immediately became part of the close-knit family in the fast-growing sport. In their retirement, they rode in every division of American Quarter Horse competition as well as the cutting horse arena. Don, famous as the man who rode the legendary bronc Five Minutes To Midnight, became a highly successful cutter, as did Adele. Although Don suffered some lingering illnesses in his later years, Adele remained keenly competitive in the cutting arena well into her 70s. Don Nesbitt passed away at home in 1988 with Adele caring for him in his final illness. She had retired from the horse show arena by then, but she still maintained close contact with friends all over the Pacific Coast and in Texas. Her box at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth was always the center of a large group of good friends.

Survivors: Adele had no close relatives, but she is survived by a host of loving friends who will miss her ready warmth and easy laughter.

Lodi Funeral Home, Lodi, Calif.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 9, 2003
Family links: 
  Philip Nicholas Thevenet (1869 - 1951)
  Carma Julia Clendenen Thevenet (1897 - 1960)
  Robert Donald Nesbitt (1907 - 1988)
Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Carol Moore
Record added: May 03, 2011
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Adele Eloise <i>Thevenet</i> Nesbitt
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