Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Obituary: Jessie Luetta Halstead Brittain

Jessie Luetta Halstead Brittain was one of my great grandmothers on my dad's side. Great Grandma Brittain was born on September 13, 1898 in Indian City, Payne County, Oklahoma. She was married to Andrew Lee Brittain, and was mother to Woodie (my grandfather), Audrey, Pauline and Evelyn.  She died on July 10, 1974, while on a trip home to Oklahoma to visit family.

My sister, Cindy, and I were lucky that we got to know Great Grandma Brittain during her visits to California.
Cushing Daily Citizen, Oklahoma
July 11, 1974

Mrs. Brittain

Mrs. Jessie Luetta Brittain, 75, former resident of Lincoln County and sister of Myrtle Halstead, 1006 E. Oak, died Wednesday morning following an apparent heart attack. Mrs. Brittain had been visiting in Cushing since Monday from her home in Lebanon, Oregon.

Visitation may be made at The Fairley Home until noon on Friday, when Mrs. Brittain will be transported to Oakland, California, where funeral services will be directed by the Grant Miller Mortuary of Oakland.

A native of Oklahoma, Mrs. Brittain was born September 13, 1898 in Lincoln Count, the daughter of the late William and Nancy Halstead. She was married to Andrew Lee Brittain in September 1918 and they made their home in Lincoln County until they moved to California in 1940. Following the death of Mr. Brittain in 1954 she has made her home in Lebanon, Oregon.

Great Grandma Brittain and me
Those who survive include: a son, Woody Brittain, Livermore, Calif.; three daughters; Mrs. Claude (Audrey) Turner, Lebanon, Oregon, Mrs. Vernon (Pauline) Pearson, Porterville, Calif., and Mrs. Frank (Evelyn) McDonald, Hayward, Calif; one brother; Elmer Louis Halstead, Chandler, Oklahoma; her sister; Miss Myrtle Halstead, Cushing; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

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