Museum the New Llano Colony

Mary "Mother" Pickett

Birth: She was born around 1851 in Missouria [sic].  

Description: Mrs. Pickett was always a favorite in the colony and was exceedingly well liked. She had an encouraging and happy word for everyone and was seldom seen without a warm smile of friendship and welcome.  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Mother of George Pickett She was survived by three other sons also -- Charles, James and William who lived in Idaho. Two others had preceded her in death.  

Job in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as retired on the US Census.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as a boarder in the Emmaly Swenson home. Also at times she had lived with her son George, but the last three years of her life were spent in an apartment of her own in the colony which was made very comfortable by the constant presence of attendants and friends, especially her dear friend, Mrs. Turner, who was with her day and night.  

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Post-Colony History:  

Death: She died at the age of 84 on January 27, 1935 at New Llano, Louisiana. At her death, she was surrounded by Mrs. George T. Pickett; her constant friend, nurse and companion Mrs. Turner; a number of other friends; and Dr. Talbot of Leesville. Her son George was away in Gila, New Mexico at the time.

Her funeral was held in the grove near her former home on Monday, June 28th at 3:30. Professor Brown gave a touching talk and two musical numbers were sung, the first a solo by Doc Williams, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep," a favorite of Mrs. Pickett. The old hymn, "Lead Kindly Light" was then sung by a volunteer choir. At the graveside the choir sang "Now the Day is Over."  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": February 9, 1935; 1930 US Census