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 Athalia <I>Ponsell</I> Lindsley

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Athalia Ponsell Lindsley

  • Birth 25 Jul 1917 Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 1974 Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Ponsell family plot
  • Memorial ID 39910608

Athalia Ponsell Lindsley was a former model, Broadway performer, actress, dancer and television personality who died in a savage late-afternoon attack at her home on Jan. 23, 1974. Wife of the once mayor of St. Augustine, James "Jinx" Lindsley, who died a few years after her death. Mrs. Athalia Lindsley was very active politically.

She also took in many animals, such as dogs, cats and even two goats. At the time of her murder, she was outside trying to rehabilitate one of her rescue birds, a blue jay named Clementine which had an injured wing. She had rescued the little bird from neighborhood cats.

Athalia Ponsell Lindsley was a very devoted daughter who took care of her mother full time until her mother passed away.

She was 58 years old when her life was brutally cut short.

A neighbor and local politician was the only person ever arrested and tried for her murder, after a very dramatic trial, a jury found the defendant not guilty, and he was acquitted.


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  • Created by: J.A. & D.S.
  • Added: 26 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39910608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Athalia Ponsell Lindsley (25 Jul 1917–23 Jan 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39910608, citing Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by J.A. & D.S. (contributor 46808935) .