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KEIRSEY, Vella Emily (nee Dillard), 1899-1936; Need obit
Posted by: Steve Dillard (ID *****8313) Date: June 12, 2003 at 07:35:32
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I’m trying to find a copy of the obituary for Vella Emily Keirsey, wife of William Conway Keirsey. Her maiden name was Vella Emily Dillard, born 24 April 1899 in Keller, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. Her parents were Josiah Hamilton Dillard and Victoria Emily Buckner.

Vella was first married to Carl Cleveland Saunders in 1914, then to Judge James Carson Mathers in 1926, and lastly to William Conway Keirsey in 1929.

Con Keirsey was a Deputy Sheriff in Carter County, Oklahoma who was killed while trying to stop a crime on 11 December 1930. Following his death Vella and her children moved to Austin, Travis County, Texas to be near Vella’s mother, Victoria Emily Dillard. Vella died in Austin on 6 February 1936 but she was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma on 10 February 1936.

Perhaps there is an obituary in the Daily Ardmoreite newspaper, or one of the Austin newspapers. If so, does anyone have a copy?

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