|No Story Too Small|
I don't have as many photographs of Dad's sister, Willa Mae Bryan Dudley, as I did of his other sisters. However, she did seem to make it in the newspaper more often than her other siblings. Here is her story.
|Willa Mae was the fourth child of Myrtie Hairston and Redic E. Bryan. She was born on April 16, 1910 in the Levelview community of Baylor County, Texas.|
|Willa Mae Bryan wasn't always "Willa Mae." Her parents named her Willie May.|
I have seen her name written as Willie May, Willie Mae, and Willa Mae.
|Willa Mae's family lived in Levelview and Seymour in Baylor County, Texas for most of her childhood.|
I assume that Willa Mae attended Seymour High School, but according to the class rolls, she did not graduate from that school. Her mother was very ill and died in the spring of 1927, the year that she turned 17. In the fall of 1927, Willa Mae was living in Borger with her sister, DeRay. Could she have gone to school in Borger?
In 1930, Willa Mae was on a train wreck while on the way to visit her brother, Hairston "Buster" Bryan in Wichita Falls. She was 21 years old and still went by the name Willie May. It was written that she was a teacher in Borger; however, I think that at that time she actually worked at a drug store in Borger. To see what Willa Mae said in a brief interview click on the link to my clipping at Newspapers.com. I clipped the entire page so you will need to enlarge it to read it.
|Willa Mae with her daughter, Jackie, and my father, |
Whit Bryan in Borger, Texas - 1943.
|Willa Mae worked in Borger department stores. Those that I know of were |
Dunlap's, Cartwright's, Anthony's, and KC store.
|Willa Mae and Jackie - December 28, 1956. Jackie married John "Jack" Skinner and eventually moved to Denver, Colorado where she lived until her death in 2003.|
|Willa Mae Bryan Dudley died on May 25, 1991 in Borger, Texas. She is buried with her sisters, DeRay and Marie in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Borger.|
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
"Garden Club Has Spring Luncheon." Amarillo Daily News [Amarillo] 16 May 1950. Newspaper.com. Web. Accessed 10 Aug. 2013.
"Levelview." Baylor County Banner [Seymour] 22 Apr. 1910: Microfilm.
"Sidelights on Sunday's Disastrous Wreck Near Oklaunion Show Freaks of Fortune That Seem Impossible."The Vernon Daily Record [Vernon] 4 Aug. 1930. Newspaper.com. Web. Accessed 2 Feb. 2014.
Stanley, Edith Guynes . "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.
"Texas Day Program." Wichita Daily News [Wichita Falls] 30 Apr. 1923. Ancestry.com. Web. Accessed 1 Feb. 2014.