DEATH OF MISS MARY LETT
Miss Mary Lett, a resident of Lanagan, died last night at her home in that place after a short illness following a stroke of paralysis Friday. Funeral services are to be held at Owsley chapel and burial made In the cemetery there at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
The Neosho Times, Neosho, Missouri
23 April 1936, Thursday, Page 4
Mary was the daughter of Walter Goodhue Lett & Rebecca Ellen (Wolfe) Lett, and was the 9th child born to them. When she was about 3 weeks old, she had the measles, and before she recovered she had spinal meningitis, which left her unable to walk. Briefly she was able to use crutches, but not after a broken leg at age 10.
Her death certificate was informed by her niece, Vera Nalley. The death certificate gave April 15 as her day of birth, but most family records have April 12th. Her middle name was the same middle name as her maternal grandmother, Mary Brenton (Barker) Wolfe.
Mary and her brother "Flav" were especially close, and he built a house for her (as well as their mother) that enabled her to get around more smoothly, and was close to where Flav lived with his family. She had a wheeled chair made especially for her by her brother "Flav", some say, and others that the chair was made by Beverly Stauffer, whose mother was a niece of Mary's.
Mary was always impeccably dressed, and usually had some kind of ornament in her hair. She was an artist with color, and an artist with a needle and thread--a very talented lady. She made her own clothes, as "ready-made" would not fit. She could play the organ, and taught herself to play the banjo--really well. One treasured item is the Pieced Crazy Quilt made by Mary, known to all our family as Aunt Mary. The quilt is dated Feb 27, 1923. Each of the pieces were signed by a Lett family member or relatives, then Aunt Mary embroidered over the names.
She also helped keep the family tight-knit, as she liked to travel to the homes of her brothers and sister, and as one would need to take her to the next place, news of family happenings was shared. She was also very close to her sister Leni, and Leni's daughter, Vera.
She died at her home, still helping out others, as she was baby-sitting a child of Irene and Wilme Johnson. (Irene was the oldest daughter of her brother Flav.) She had a stroke, and was unconscious when they found her. A doctor and the family were called, and all arrived, but she never regained consciousness.
Always my appreciation extends to ancestors, and for help in this narrative, I thank Edna Viola (Lett) Stauffer, daughter of Beverly Ward Lett, Mary's brother. Edna kept a narrative about her family members, and it is that story that enlivens this memorial.
Mo. Death Certificate has birth year listed incorrectly.
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