Houston Chronicle
28 Apr 1987

Tootsie Pohler, a Marionettist of "The Tootsies's Birthday Hut" for over 25 years, died Sunday, April 26, 1987 in Houston.

Her catered birthday parties often included children of Astronauts, Politicians and local celebrities. Born Elizabeth (Betty) Brinton Smith on May 1, 1912 in Woodlands Heights, Houston. She was the daughter of Lewis Lum Smith II of Philadelphia and Julia Alice Shaw Bishop of Melbourne, Australia.

She was the granddaughter of Lewis Lum Smith I of Natchez, Mississippi. A descendant of the Lum Brothers, who received Spanish land grants in Mississippi and of Elizabeth Brinton, daughter of Lt. Col. William Penn Brinton. The Smith family was one of the original settlers in the City of Park Place, where she attended Park Place Elementary.

Some of her most pleasant memories of these years were the Christmas time with her cousin, Rosa Lum Allen and at the Charles H. Milby House in Harrisburg. She attended Harris Intermediate and Central High in Houston. She was active in the Girl Scouts, Marionettes, St. Christopher Women's Society and Handicapped Children's Entertainment.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert J. Pohler of Houston; sons Carl H. Pohler of Springfield, Virginia, Leonard E. Pohler of Pasadena, Texas; daughters, Kathleen Ann Ballew of Pasadena, Texas, Mary Elizabeth Pohler Riley of Sealy, Texas; step-mother, Mrs. Irene Brady Smith of Huffman, Texas; step-brothers, Lewis Lum Smith III and Glenn Harvy Smith; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, St. Christopher Catholic Church, 8150 Park Place Blvd. with Rev. Malcolm Burns, celebrant. Niday Funeral Home, 4136 Broadway, 644-3831.

Posted by Matt Cross


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