Jan. 25, 1971 Beverly Hills Los Angeles County California, USA
Date of burial: Jan 28, 1971. Permit # 26. Massie Funeral Home handled arrangements.
____________________________________________________ Mrs. Lela Birdwell, Former Resident, Dies
Mrs. Lela M. Birdwell, 88-year-old widow, of R.J. Birdwell and a former resident of Del Rio, died Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif., following a six months' illness brought on by strokes and complicated by pneumonia.
For 25 years she had been well known in financial circles in Beverly Hills.
She and her husband were traveling Methodist evangelists in the 1920. They reared five children, educating them in Texas schools. When his health became impaired, he began land operations and was an early oil explorer in Texas.
Rites will be held in San Angelo at 11:30 a.m; Thursday in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Elmer J. Hierholzer officiating. Burial will be made in Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, where her husband is buried.
Mrs. Birdwell, who remained a widow for 50 years, was born Nov. 16, 1882, in Malakoff,Tex.
Survivors include a son, Russell Birdwell, a Beverly Hills publicist; a sister, Mrs. Mary Waldrom of Weatherford; three grandchildren, Jo Ann Rice, Robin Rice and Mrs. Dorothea (C.L) Meyer, all of Beverly Hills, Calif.