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OBIT: WHITSON, LETTIE MAE

Posted: 3 Dec 2003 5:37PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 30 Apr 2005 2:11PM GMT
Daily Independent newspaper Ridgecrest Ca Kern County
October 26, 2003

LETTIE MAE WHITSON 1907-2003

Lettie Mae Whitson died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 96.
A graveside service will be held Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 am at Desert Memorial Park. Pastor Glen Paden of Immanuel Baptist Church will officiate.
Lettie was born in Rolf, Okla on Jan. 19, 1907, just 19 days after Oklahoma gained statehood.
She was the third of six children of Volley and Lillie Harris. She grew up on the farms and ranches of Texas and Oklahoma where her family worked.
Her father was a lay minister and her mother taught Sunday school in rural Texas. They traveled by wagon to church, usually all day, with lunch "on the grounds" and spent afternoons with children playing and grownups visiting, followed by gospel songs. Camp meetings, which she called "brush arbor," were highlights, especially in August, "the dog days of summer." It was at a camp meeting that she made a public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized in a creek.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lakeview, Texas and never transferred her membership. Moving to California in 1948 she attended the First Baptist Church on the corner of Norma Street and Ridgecreest Boulevard and later Immanuel Southern Baptist. In her decling years she enjoyed the television ministry and referred to Adrian Rogers as "her pastor."
After finishing high school in Bairdstown, Texas, Lettie began her college career at Paris Teachers College in Paris. After graduation, she taught school until her marriage to John Fay Whitson in 1929. They moved to the Hall County town of Plaska, Texas where John owned a farm.
Lettie came to Ridgecrest with John and two children in 1948 to work at the Naval Ordnance Station, China Lake.
John began his government career at the Salt Wells/Pilot Plant facilities and Lettie found employment with the Navy Exchange.
Lettie was a college athlete in Texas and won the Texas State women's tennis championship. The prize was a trophy and a ten dollar gold coin, which she received from the governor of Texas. She was very proud of her achievement, especially the gold coin. John convinced her to spend the coin with the sound philosophy that "in a year or two everyone will have one like it" a statement she reminded and haunted him with many times in later years.
Gardening was a passion in which she excelled. She enjoyed her back yard activities and will be missed by the many species of birds she fed for years. Lettie was a fiercely independent, strong-willed woman.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Tex and Judy Whitson of Ridgecrest, daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Don Padgett of Ridgecrest, brother Kenneth J. and wife Terri Harris of Cottage Grove, Ore., six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband John F. Whitson, parents Volley B. and Lilli O. Harris, brothers Troy B. and Albert B. Harris, and sisters Jettie B. Swink and Goldie Klimachusky.
The family requests contributions be made to The Senior Citizens Nutrition Center or the Homemakers of Indian Wells Valley.
Arrangements and media information provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary.

News Review newspaper Ridgecrest CA October 29, 2003

LETTIE MAE WHITSON

Lettie Mae Whitson died Oct. 22, 2003 at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 96.
Lettie was born Jan 19, 1907 in Rolf, Okla just 19 days after Oklahom gained statehood. She was the third of six children of Volley and Lillie Harris. She grew up on the farms and ranches in Texas and Oklahoma, where her family worked.
Her father was a lay minister and her mother taught Sunday School in rural Texas. They traveled by wagon to church, usually all day, with dinner (lunch) "on the grounds". Lettie spent afternoons with children playing and grownups visiting, followed by gospel songs.
Camp meetings she called "brush arbor" were highlights, especially in August - "the dog days of summer." It was at a camp meeting that she made a public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized in a creek.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lakeview, Texas and never transferred her membership. Moving to California in 1948 she attended the First Baptist Chuch on the corner of Norma Street and Ridgecrest Boulevard and later Immanuel Southern Baptist Church. In declining years, she enjoyed the television ministry and referred to Adrian Rogers as "her pastor."
After finishing high school in Bairdstown, Texas, she began her college career at Paris Teacher College in Paris. Lettie was a college athlete and won the Texas State women's tennis championship. The prized was a trophy and a $10 gold coin which she received from the governor of Texas. She was very proud of her achievement especially the gold coin.
After graduation she taught school until her marriage to John Fay Whitson in 1927 and moved with him to the Hall County town of Plaska, Texas where John owned a far. John convinced her to spend the coin, with the sound philosophy that "in a year or tow, everyone will have one like it." a statement she reminded and haunted him with many times in later years.
Lettie came to Ridgecrest with John and tow children in 1948 to workd at the Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake. Her family, the Harrises, three brother and sister, had informed them of employment opportunities at China Lake. John began his government career at the Salt Wells/Pilot Plant facilities and Lettie found employment with the Navy Exchange.
Gardening was a passion in which she excelled. She enjoyed her backyard activities and will be missed by the many species of birds she fed for years. Lettie was a fiercely independent strong-willed woman.
She is survived by her son Tex Whitson and wife Judy of Ridgecrest, daughter Barbara and husband Don Padgett of Ridgecrest, brother Kenneth J. Harris and wife Terri of Cottage Grove, Ore., six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Volley B. and Lillie O. Harris, brothers Troy B. and Albert B. Harris, sisters Jettie B. Swink and Goldie Klimachursky and husband John F. Whitson.
The family requests contributions be made to the Senior Citizen Nutrition Center or the Homemakers of Indian Wells Valley.
Graveside services were held Oct. 27 at Desert Memorial Park. Pastor Glen Paden of Immanuel Baptist Church officated. Arrangements were by Holland & Lyons Mortuary.

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