INDEPENDENCE, Ore. —
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. - Lela Marguerite Nixon Whitehead passed away on Dec. 12, 2013, at the age of 102.
She was born in Carthage, Mo., on Sept. 12, 1911, to John and Carrie Nixon. Lela was born into a family of nine children: seven boys and two girls, all of whom have preceded her in death.
Lela was married to Louie Evans and had two children, Mary Francis and Bobby Lee Evans. Bobby passed away in 2001. Lela and Louie divorced when the children were very young and the children went to live with Louie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Moorehouser in Carthage. Years later, Lela married Charles Whitehead and moved to Monmouth, Ore.
Lela is survived by daughter-in-law, Doris Evans, of Carthage; daughter, Mary Francis Neely, of Monmouth, Ore.; sister-in-law, Leola Nixon, of Carthage; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 34 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-granddaughters.
A viewing will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary, with a graveside service following at 3 p.m. at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth, weather permitting.
Please share your memories and condolences at FarnstromMortuary.com
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