Lela May <I>Willson</I> Barrett

Lela May Willson Barrett

Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Mar 1954 (aged 84)
Southern Pines, Moore County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum
Memorial ID 141698817 · View Source
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Rites For Well-Known Lady Read March 27th.-Mrs. Lela W. Barrett, daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. Sam A. Willson, of Rusk, died in Southern Pines, N. C., on March 24th, where she was making her home with her sister, Mrs. Walter B. Whitman. Before going to Southern Pines to live Mrs. Barrett had, for a number of years, been living in Rusk, having come here from Atlanta, Georgia, after the death of her husband, R. A. Barrett. Burial was in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.

Survivors besides her sister, Mrs. Whitman, are Mrs. W. T. Carter, III, a granddaughter of Houston; and Miss Wanda Whitman, of New York and Southern Pines; Mrs. Fay Watkins, Jacksonville; Mrs. Hazel M. Robinson, Sonora, California; Mrs. Elizabeth M. Thweatt and Miss Winnie Meeks, nieces; and nephew, Caryle W. Meeks of Rusk.

(Editor's Note: Along with the other "valuable consideration therein," the purchase of the Rusk Cherokeean by the present owners included a request by the late Mrs. Lela Willson Barrett, that upon her death the following "LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT TO MY BELOVED TOWN OF RUSK" be published. It is the desire of this paper to carry out the request of the well-known and lived, Miss "Lela".)

"Being of comparatively sound mind, and in good health, I am writing this last request of all who, when they hear "Miss Lela is dead," that they will know it for the rankest canard, and that, on the contrary I have just walked from a long and pleasant earthly dream to a divine reality which is incomparably better than the most perfect mortal life."

"Dear friends, don't say, "It's too bad." Don't send flowers! Let us all rejoice together in spirit and truth. God bless you everyone. I'll be seeing you." (Signed) Lela Willson Barrett.

The Rusk Cherokeean, Rusk, Texas, Thursday, April 1, 1954; Pg. 1, Column 3

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