Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for Lela Ann Loveless

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

L is for Lela Ann Loveless

Lela Nell, Lela Ann, & Pansy Louise
Lela Ann Loveless was my maternal great grandmother. My mother, Lela Nell, was named after her two grandmothers, Lela Ann Loveless and Nell Hutson.

I have written previously about Lela Ann Loveless Lancaster on my other blog, “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” here and here, where you can see a photo of Lela as a young girl.

Lela Ann married George Warren Lancaster on 15 December 1912 in Erath County, Texas.[1] Her older brother, William “Hutts” Loveless married Warren’s sister, Josephine Lancaster on 14 December 1915.[2] That made their children all double-cousins!

Four children were born to Warren and Lela Ann. My grandmother, Pansy, was the oldest. Seven years later, Rayburn Dinion “R.D.” was born. A son, Carl, Jr., was born in 1924 but he lived only six days. The last child, Elda Wayne “Teensy” Lancaster was born in 1927.

My grandmother told me her mother was not healthy and would shake from Parkinson disease later in her life. My mother would rub her arms to help settle and comfort her. I have a letter written by her months before her death. You can really see her struggle to write.

She died 17 May 1951 at 55 years of age[3] and was buried at Upper Greens Creek Cemetery in Erath County, Texas.[4]

[1] Texas, Erath County, Marriage Records, Bk M, p 278, 1912, G.W. Lancaster-Lela Loveless; FHL Film #1428410.
[2] Texas, Erath County, Marriage Records, Bk N, p 187, 1915, Wm Hudson Loveless-Joe Hazel Lancaster; FHL 1424510, i2.
[3] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, #27274, Wichita Co, 1951, Lela Ann Lancaster; digital images, FamilySearch (
[4] Photo of tombstone, Lela Ann Lancaster, taken by Lisa S. Gorrell, 7 Oct 1995.

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past. All Rights Reserved.

1 comment:

  1. You maximized the letter "L" with this one! I love that you have a letter written by your great-grandmother. So special.
    Visiting from AtoZ
    Jollett Etc.


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