Happy 120th* Birthday, Lucy Leigh!

Miss Lucy Leigh Brown and her sister Katherine lived with a Presbyterian minister Charles D. Bates and his family in our house in the 1920s, and owned it (while two couples rented from them) per the 1930 census, as I have explained earlier. Miss Brown taught violin. Eventually, the house was sold to others, and Miss Brown moved to University Avenue. I learned Miss Brown died in February 1969 from the Social Security Death Index and looked up her obituary at the Fayetteville Public Library Saturday.

Miss Lucy Leigh Brown, 80, 112 S. University Av., died today in a local hospital. Born April 29, 1888 in Marshall, Mo., the daughter of Henry J. and Ella Carthrae Brown, she was a music teacher.

Survivors are one brother, Sidney E. Brown of Fayette, Miss.; one niece Mrs. Truly Mounce [sic, should be Truly Mount] of Danville, Ky. and two grandnieces.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Nelson’s Funeral Chapel with burial at Son’s Chapel Cemetery.**

Obituary from Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb. 12, 1969 (page 2).


* Or maybe it’s Lucy Leigh’s 119th birthday? Social Security Death Index has her birth date as April 29, 1889.

**Son’s Chapel Cemetery, off Hwy 45, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Washington County. I checked its inventory at the library, and didn’t find Miss Brown so I suppose she doesn’t have a headstone. Decoration is (or was) the 4th Sunday in May at 1:30 p.m. Some time during the 1930s, land was given on which to build the current Son’s Chapel Memorial Church. (The land was originally owned by two men named Son.) 

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