Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Victoria Jollett Breeden

Sunday’s Obituary is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers asking us to post obituaries along with other information about that person.

Aunt Vic was my great-grand aunt, sister of my great grandmother Mary Frances Jollett Davis. Vic was the seventh child born to James Franklin and Lucy Ann Shiflett Jollett.

This is her obituary.
Source: The Page News and Courier: 4 May 1944 page 4 col. 5

Mrs. Victoria Elizabeth [Jollett] Breeden, 66, wife of Decater B. Breeden died suddenly at her home in Washington, D. C. early Tuesday morning, May 2. Mrs. Breeden had been a sufferer from asthma for years, but been in her usual health until a few hours before her death.
Mrs. Breeden was the youngest daughter of the late James Franklin and Lucy Shifflett Jollette, and was born at Nortonsville, Greene County on March 19,1878.
She was married to D. B. Breeden on Dec. 24, 1901 and spent most of her married life in Shenandoah. Her husband is a former N. W. [Norfolk & Western Railroad] engineer. They moved from Shenandoah to Waynesboro, VA, and from there to Washington, D.C. where he is employed in government work. She is survived by her husband and the following sisters: Mrs. A. J. (Emma) Coleman, Shenandoah; Mrs. W. B. (Mary) Davis, Harrisonburg, Mrs. Geo. F. (Sallie) Clift, Washington, D. C. and Mrs. W. J. (Laura) Sullivan of Shenandoah.
One daughter died in infancy. The following members of the family are deceased: Mrs. James (Leanna) Knight, of Albemarle County, B. L. Jollette of Stanardsville, William Isaac Jollette of Greene County, U. F. Jollette of Baltimore, Md. And one half brother Henry Jollette, of Harriston, VA.

Mrs. Breeden was a devout member of the U. B. Church and possessed an amiable disposition which had endeared her to the hearts of many. The news of her death was received in Shenandoah with genuine regret and sorrow.
The funeral will be held from the U. B. Church this afternoon at 3 p.m. with the Rev. P. W. Fischer in charge. Burial will be in the U. B. Cemetery.
Vic and Decatur Breeden

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  1. I love the way these older obits were written. They always seem more personal to me, and they usually tell a lot about the deceased--like the last line in the fifth paragraph. You don't read that sort of thing much today, at least not in the larger newspapers.

    Despite the fact that some of my students thought writing obituaries was "gruesome," the obit unit was one of my favorites to teach. I taught (and prefer) the obits that read like profiles and really paint a picture of what the person was like.

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  2. She was young and I guess I just thought everyone was old when they passed away. I keep forgetting about William Isaac. It is funny that there is the "e" on the end of Jollett. So maybe there is something to Violetta asking Mom to add the e back on when she named me.

    Vic has the sweetest face.

  3. What a lovely tribute. People are too busy now to bother with obituaries these days. I especially love this sentence '....possessed an amiable disposition which had endeared her to the hearts of many' what a wonderful accolade.