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Van Alstyne Leader
February 10, 1961
On Saturday, Feb. 11, the second of Van Alstyne's residents to reach the century mark in age will be Mrs. Bird Amonett, who makes her home here with her daughter, Mrs. Raymond Arrington.  While open house will not be observed, her friends are invited to drop in and see her Saturday.  She still possesses remarkably good hearing and clear understanding, although her eyesight is not so good.  Until three years ago, she was active.
Mrs. Amonett was born at Celina, Gray County, Tennessee, on Feb. 11, 1861.  At the age of 17 she was married to T.M. Amonett in Tennessee.  Her husband died in 1931.  She has lived in and within 2-1/2 miles of Van Alstyne for seventy years.
She is a charter member of the First Christian Church, having united with the church when it was first organized at Mantua before the town of Van Alstyne was started.
She is the mother of the following children: Mrs. J.R. Ross of San Antonio, George Amonett of Houston, Mrs. Annie Joe McNeill of Dallas, Johnnie Bob Amonett of Dallas, Mrs. A.B. Ayres of Sherman, Jack Amonett of Van Alstyne and Mrs. Raymond Arrington of Van Alstyne.  Until 1952, there had been only one death among her children and grandchildren, and that was a son in California in 1918.  Mrs. Amonett has 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Van Alstyne Leader
Friday, Sept 5, 1963

102-Year-Old Mrs. Bird Amonett is Laid to Rest

Funeral services for Mrs. Bird Amonett were held Saturday afternoon at 2 in the First Christian Church, conducted by Rev. Jesse Pugh of Denison, Rev. Don Davis and Rev. Ken Britt of Carrollton.  Pallbearers were her grandson, Frank Ayers, Till Hunnicutt, Ben Amonett, Jerry McNeil, Billy Bob Amonett and Jack Joseph Ireland.  Interment was in the Van Alstyne cemetery under the direction of Flesher Funeral Home.  Mrs. Amonett was 102 years of age, the second oldest resident of Grayson County at the time of her death at her home here last Thursday evening at 9 o'clock.
Mrs. Amonett was born on Feb. 11, 1861, in Tennessee, a daughter of the late George and Katie Stone Cole.  She had lived here the past 74 years, making her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Arrington.  She had been a member of the Christian Church for 75 years.  Her husband, P.M. Amonett, preceded her in death in 1937.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J.R. Ross of San Antonio, Mrs. Katie Ayers of Sherman, Mrs. Annie Joe McNeill of Dallas and Mrs. Arrington of Van Alstyne; by three sons, Jack Amonett of Van Alstyne, Johnny Bob Amonett of Dallas and Geo. W. Amonett of Houston; by 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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