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March 6, 1954


Death comes to Mt. Vernon Lady

Mrs. Nellie Smith Brissel, 80, member of a prominent Mt. Vernon family and the widow of William Brissel died at 11:30 o'clock last night at her home at 1111 West Second street after illness of 19 years that had made her condition criitical for the last five weeks.


Mr Brissell the husband who died in 1918 engaged in freight transportation in Mt. Vernon for many years operating a familiar horse-drawn dray and transport wagon prior to the advent of motor transportation.


The body is at the Short Niehaus Funeral Home and will remain in there through the funeral service which will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Short-Niehaus chapel.  Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.


Rev Robert W. Allison minister of First Christian Church of which the deceased was a member, will be the officiating clergyman.


Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Howard Hamilton, Fort Branch, Ind; and Mrs Carl Wheat, Mt. Vernon; on grandchild, Mrs. Leroy Sherreta, Fort Branch; three brothers, Dr. S. P. Smith, Montgomery, Al; Richard F Smith, Mt. Vernon; and Thomas  D Smith, Mt. Vernon and two sisters, Mrs. Edward Mischkek Springfield, Tenn;  and Mrs. Ralph Curtis, R. R. 5 Mt. Veron.


Mrs Brissel was born in Dycysburg, Ky but came to Mt. Vernon as an infant with her parents, Alfred E Smith and Nanie Daniel Smith.


She had resided in Mt. Vernon since that time.



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers