Mary Frances Cecil

b. 11 June 1919, d. 23 December 2013

Mary Frances Cecil Miller, 1919-2013
  • Mary Frances Cecil was born on 11 June 1919 in Richards, Grimes County, Texas.
  • Albert Nolan Cecil and Ella Lynn Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Jefferson County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Frances Cecil, Bonnie Eloise Cecil.
  • Margradel Easley and her cousin Mary Frances Cecil were photographed at Polk Station, near Singleton, about 1929.
  • Albert Nolan Cecil and Ella Lynn Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, at 4090 Virginia Avenue. Other members of the household included Mary Frances Cecil, Bonnie Eloise Cecil, Albert Nolen Cecil, Carroll Wood Cecil, Peggy Jean Cecil and Gerald Myers Cecil.
  • She married J. Lee Durrom, son of Joseph H. Durrom and Lee H. Albrecht.
  • J. Lee Durrom and Mary Frances Cecil appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at 420 West Alabama Street. In 1935, he was living in Victoria and she in Beaumont.
  • She was employed by a beauty parlor as a beautician, accordig to the 1940 census.
  • The following appeared on 2 December 1942 in The San Antonio Light: (Houston) Mary Ann Durrom, 5, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Durrom, died of burns she suffered when her clothing caught fire from a gas heater.
  • The following appeared on 8 March 2001 in the Houston Chronicle: Gerald Meyers Cecil, born May 19, 1929 passed away March 6, 2001. He was a graduate of Milby High School where he was an avid baseball and basketball player. He was voted All-City basketball player in 1947 and in 1948 their team won the Texas Interscholastic League State Meet. Also in 1948, Gerald was selected as an All-State Player. In 1949 he transferred to Wharton Jr. College and was selected as an All-Conference player. In 1950, while attending the same school was named All-Conference and All-American Junior College player. In 1951 he was selected for a third consecutive year as an all Conference player. He then attended Stephen F. Austin College in 1952 and 1953 and was selected as an All-Conference player both years. Gerald served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1955 and played service ball out of Ft. Riley, Kansas where he made the 5th Army All-Star team. He was a member of the Southwest Basketball Officials Association for over 15 years and served as the President of the SBOA for 4 years. He retired from Simpson (Champion Paper Mill) after 33 years of work. After retiring from Simpson, he worked eleven years for Superior N.D.T. Services as their bookkeeper. He was a devoted, Son, Husband, Father and was a kind, gentle, loving, caring man with a Heart of Gold that lived and loved for his family. He was a member and attended Sagemont Baptist Church. Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lynn Cecil , two brothers, Carroll (Woody) Cecil and Lamar Cecil ; and three sisters, Eloise Bender, Peggy Matthews, and Martha Louise Cecil. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Merry Jo Cecil , two sons, Chris and Bryan Cecil , daughters, Lisa Black and husband Jeff, Kelly Hayley and husband David, nine grandchildren, Jason Cecil , Amanda Cecil, Stephanie Cecil , Brandon Burnley, Nathan Hayley, Kevin Cecil , Heather Black, Justin Black, and Cody Black, one brother, Albert Cecil , two sisters, Mary Francis Miller, Barbara Brazelton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a gift from God that we will truly miss.
  • Mary Frances Cecil died on 23 December 2013 at age 94.
  • The following was published online by the Kingwood Funeral Home: Mary Frances Miller, 94, of Humble, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2013. She was born on June 11, 1919 in Richards, TX to Albert and Lynn Woods [sic]. Mary spent 50 years as a comptroller in the automotive industry, working for Ford and GM dealerships. She was also member of the America's Who's Who of Business Women for over 40 years. She was of the Baptist Faith. Most of all, Mary was a loving mother and grandmother.
         Mary is survived by children, Shannon O. Miller, III, Martha Burkhalter and Sherry Trask; five grandchildren; sister, Barbara Brazelton; numersous nieces and nephews.
         A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339.
  • Last Edited: 4 Jul 2014

Family: J. Lee Durrom b. 5 August 1914, d. 2 August 1947