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Marie Theresa WORTHY

Marie Theresa WORTHY3,1,2,4,1

11th Nov 19253,4 - 11th Sep 20064

Life History

11th Nov 1925

Born in Boxelder, Red River, Texas.3,4


Residence1: 14-year-old daughter of J A & Euncie Worthy, borth born in Arkansas in Justice Precinct 3, Lamar County, Texas


Residence2 in Midland, Midland, Texas.1


Resident Marie's brother Hershell's oibituary reports his sister Marie livingin Seagraves (Gaiuenes Co) Texas (as their brother Mack).  But Marieand O N are reported in the 1850 Midland City Directory 2 countiesaway. in Seagraves, Gaines, Texas.2

Jul 1972

Death of Owen N MCSWAIN in Oklahoma.5,6

11th Sep 2006

Died in Coolidge, Pinal, Arizona.4

12th Sep 2006

Buried in Coolidge, Pinal, Arizona.4

Other facts


Married Owen N MCSWAIN


  • 1940 Federal Census, Lamar County, Texas, 18 April, Justice Precinct2, District 139-19, page 12A, Hse #237, Rents $3
    Worthy, J A Head F W 47 Grade 6 b Ark Rural Lamar Co in 1935 FarmLaborer
    Worthy, Eunice Wife F W 41 Grade 6 b Ark same place in 1935
    Worthy, William Son M W 19 Grade H1 b Okla Rural Lamar Co in 1935Laborer WPA Rd
    Worthy, Hershell Son M W 16 Grade 7 b Okla Rural Lamar Co in 1935 FarmLaborer
    ** Worthy, Marie Dau F W 14 Grade 7 b Okla Rural Lamar Co in 1935 **
    Worthy, Gladys Dau F W 12 Grade 4 b Texas Rural Lamar Co in 1935
    Worthy, Nell Dau F W 6 Grade 1 b Texas Rural Lamar Co in 1935
    Worthy, Mack Son M W 4 Grade 0 b Texas

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Midland, Texas, City Directory, 1950, p 213
    McSwain Bert (Helen) carp r 201 E Kentucky av apt 5
    McSwain O N (Marie) carp h 2008 Keith

    A Martin-Ritch family researcher provides good detail from family andpublic sources.

    Birth 11 Nov 1925 in Box Elder, TX
    Death 11 Sept 2006 in Coolidge, Pinal, Arizona
    JESSE ANDREW WORTHY 1893 - 1980
    EUNICE DORTHY "DOT" GARNER 1898 - 1975

    1930 United States Federal Census, Residence Precinct 8, Red River,Texas
    Andrew C farm labor (37) mar. 24/19 b/m/f Ark Emma E (31) b/f Ark/m/Louisanna Howard W (9) OK Hersel G (6y2m) b OK Tessie M (4y5m) b OKGladis (2y6m) b TX Rember M Worthy (21)1/2 brother b/m/f Arkansas farmlabor

    1940 United States Federal Census
    Age: 15 Residence Hawkins, Texas, USA
    Hershell was in the navy with Jesse Reed, Glayds actually dated HomerReed and Marie dated Jess Reed in high school.

    Abt 1943 Age: 18 Marriage to charles edward "sam" dodson texas
    possibly texas as that is where charles dodson was from

    1944 Marriage Age: 18 Residence Gregg Texas
    birth of daughter Virginia Gayle Dodson

    1945 June Age: 19 Residence Paris Texas
    Lindale, Smith City, Tx; for the birth of son Glen Charles Dodson

    1946 4 August Age: 20 Residence Paris Texas
    Baby Glen Charles Dodson died from ant bites on his way to medicalcare in a horse and buggy driven by Marie.

    1947 January Age: 21
    Residence Eleven Mile Corner, Pinal County, AZ
    The POW Camp ~*Eleven Mile Corner, Pinal County, AZ (branch camp underFlorence, 300 Germans) ~ Marie pregnant with Gary
    This is where the migrant workers lived after they converted the POWcamp.

    1947 8 June Age: 21 Divorce from charles edward "sam" dodson
    Before Gary was born

    Abt 1947 Age: 22 Marriage to O N Owen McSWAIN Arizona
    Marie began working for ON McSwain and although much older than her heconvinced her to marry him.

    1948 September Age: 22 Residence Eloy AZ
    Living in Eloy when daughter Glenda Diane McSwain was born.

    1949 November Age: 24 Residence Seagraves Texas
    Birth of daughter Sandra Geton McSwain.
    Seagraves Texas is where ON McSwains family was from

    1950 November Age: 25 Residence Seagraves, Texas
    Married: O.N. McSwain and Tessie Marie Worthy per Hersel Glen Worthysbrothers obit

    1952 Age: 27 Marriage to vernon palechek Texas ?

    1953 Age: 28 Residence Alaska
    Vernon was in the airforce and stationed in Alaska. Gary/Gayle livingwith Worthy grandparents/Glenda & Geton with Palechecks in Milwaukee

    1954 Age: 29 Residence Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Birth of daughter Verna to Marie Worthy and Palechek

    1959 Age: 34 Residence Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    born daughter Jan Marie to Tessie Marie Worthy and Palecheck

    1964 Age: 39 Marriage to Private Pichaco Arizona
    Date estimated since there are pictures with Jan and Verna and stepchildren Topper and George about 1964

    1970 Age: 45 Occupation Picacho, Pinal, Arizona Cafeteria Cook

    1972 26 FebAge: 46 Marriage to edward mckinnley lillie jr
    Imperial County, California
    California Marriage Index, 1960-1985

    1975 Age: 50 Residence Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona
    Marie sold her house in Pichaco after marrying Ed Lillie and theybought a house in Holbrook, AZ where he was working.

    1976 -1979 Age: 51 Residence Yuma, Arizona
    Ed worked for the Dept of Soil Conversation and was transferred toYuma where they bought a new home.

    1979 -1990 Age: 54 Residence Nafziger Rd, Coolidge AZ
    Marie and Ed lived on the Lillie Farm in a repurposed milking barn.Following Ed's death Marie and granddaughter Christine Cooper sold thefarm and moved into town

    1989 -2006 Age: 64
    Occupation Coolidge, Pinal, Arizona
    Pinal Gila Senior Center Volunteer

    1990 Age: 65 Residence Coolidge AZ
    Coolidge Ave sold Lillie Farm and moved to town.

    2006 11 September Age: 80 Death Coolidge, Pinal, Arizona
    After several heart attacks she has a final heart attack in herbathroom. Her granddaughter Christina Marie Cooper found her.
    --  Martin-Ritch,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7106982/person/-1159896010

    Tessie's last marriage was in California in 1972.

    California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
    Marie T Worthy
    Age 45, Est. Birth 1927
    Spouse Edward M Lillie
    Spouse Age 47
    Marriage 26 Feb 1972 Imperial County

    Tessie Marie Worthy McSwain was referred to as Mrs O N McSwain whenmemtioned as a survivor in her brother's obit.  Residence in 1950 wasSeagraves, Texas

    Hershel Glenn Worthy Obit in newspaper
    [Saturday] 11 Nov 1950, Tyler TX


    Funeral services for Hershel Glenn Worthy, 27, of Tyler will be heldat 10 am Wednesday [15 Nov 1950] in the Burks-Walker-Tippit Chapel.Burial will be in the Harris Creek cemetery.  Rev. Cecil Jackson willofficiate at the ceremonies.

    Worthy was killed in a head-on automobile accident Saturday five milessouth of Gladewater on the Tyler-Gladewater highway.  One other personwas also killed in the accident.

    Surviving Worthy are his wife MRS. JEAN WORTHY [Imogene Woods], and ason TRAVIS GLENN WORTHY, both of Tyler; his parents, MR and MRS J.A.WORTHY [Jesse Andrew Worthy and Eunice D Garner], of Seagraves, twobrothers, W. H WORTHY [Howard William Worthy] of Snyder and MARKWORTHY [Henry Mack Worthy] of Seagraves; and two sisters Mrs. J H REED[Gladys Ailene Worthy] of Jacksonville and MRS O. N. MCSWAIN (TessieMarie Worthy) of Seagraves.

    Original obituary article (Saturday, 11 November 1950, newspaperunknown) provided by Hershel's grandson William Worthy April 27 2009,providing family names; edited for spelling by Orville Boyd Jenkins 28October 2013
    Hershel Glenn Worthy Obit in newspaper

    In Tessie's own obituary, note that her name is given as Marie TheresaLillie.  Her marriage record transcribed above also has this nameorder.  I find that most genealogies list her under her nickname, witha different name order:  Tessie Marie Worthy.  However, Tessie is anickname for Teresa (Theresa).

    Marie Lillie

    September 16, 2006

    COOLIDGE - Marie Theresa Lillie, 80, died Sept. 11, 2006 at home.
    A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at theCoolidge Adult Center.

    Mrs. Lillie was born Nov. 11, 1925 in Boxelder, Texas, to Jesse andEunice (Garner) Worthy. She lived in Arizona for 50 years after movingfrom Wisconsin. She was a volunteer at the Adult Center for manyyears. She was a giving person who liked to help people.

    Survivors include a son, Gary Dodson of Auburn, Wash.; four daughters,Gayle Shumacher of Wasilla, Alaska, Verna Palechek of Coolidge, GetonWolf of Palm Springs, Calif., and Jan McCormick of Payson; a sister,Gladys Worthy of Tyler, Texas; 20 grandchildren; and 39great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, EdwardM. Jr., and a daughter, Dee Cooper.

    Simes Mortuaries Coolidge Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    --  Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. 2006,http://www.ancestry.com/search/obit/view.aspx?db=web-obituary&kw=&pid=12354790&url=http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll%3Fdb%3dweb-obituary%26o_vc%3dRecord%253aOtherRecord%26tid%3d7106982%26tpid%3d-1159896010%26rhSource%3d1144%26ftm%3d1%26gss%3dangs-i


  • 1. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Midland, Texas, City Directory, 1950, p 213
  • 2. Obituary of Hershel Glenn Worthy, Newspaper unknown, 11 Nov 1950,Tyler, Texas
    • Location:http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7106982/person/-1159893172/fact/5208535875;
  • 3. 1940 Federal Census, Lamar County, Texas
    • 18 April, Justice Precinct 2, District 139-19, page 12A, Hse #237,
  • 4. Obituary of Marie Theresa Lillie, Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, 16September 2006
  • 5. Social Security Death Index
  • 6. Oklahoma, Oklahoman Obituary Index, 1972-2012

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