Mrs. Frank Gandy, pioneer citizen of Meridian, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.W. Taubert, San Antonio, Texas on Thursday morning, April 15, 1954, at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 2 days.
Impressive funeral services were held in the First Methodist Church, Meridian, Friday, April 16, 1954 at 2:30 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. B.L. McCord of Ft. Worth, assisted by Rev. J. Lester Davenport and Rev. Gordon Bays, followed by burial in Meridian Cemetery.
Miss Lina Burdette was born in Leon County, Texas, on August 13, 1871. With her parents, B.A. and Millie Burdette, she came to Meridian at the age of ten years. Here she spent the remainder of her childhood and most of her mature life.
As a child she was converted and became a member of the Baptist Church. Her parent's home was a Christian home; there she received the fundamentals of the Christian faith and of the good life.
The young Miss Lina Isabel became the bride of Mr. Frank Gandy in
November of 1885. They were the parents of twelve fine children, and theirs
was a happy home where parents and children knew and practiced the Christian
virtues and skills. They knew and loved the Bible. In order that the family
might be reared in a religiously united home, Mrs. Gandy united with the
Methodist Church and continued in that communion, happily and faithfully
as long as she lived. From the Gandy home in the persons of sons and daughters
and grandchildren have come an amazing variety and quality of leadership
Methodist churches of this state and in other churches as well.
The husband and father, Mr. Frank Gandy, passed from this life in 1922. Besides her husband, Mrs. Gandy mourned the loss of two sons and four daughters. The sons were Jesse Terrell and Herbert L Gandy. The daughters were Olive Estelle and Erva June and Mrs. Lola Landtroop and Mrs. Ella Brown.
Surviving members of the family are two sons, C.M. and R.L. Gandy of Meridian and four daughters, Mrs. H.C. Hanna of Morgan, and Mesdames I.W. Ray, R.W. Taubert and Hayden Miller of San Antonio; also two sisters, Mrs. J.P. Jordan, Bentonville, Ark., and Mrs. Ella Hennington, Anton, Texas, one brother A.A. Burdette of Sudan, Texas, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.