GERTRUDE SARAH ANN
Gertrude Sarah Ann Brown, second child and
first daughter of Joseph V. and Nancy (Bullard) Brown was born on March
12, 1905 at Blue Ridge community, Hamilton County, Texas. Gertrude was a
lady of medium stature with brown
hair and blue eyes.
She attended Blue Ridge Schools, but graduated from
Lillian High School
(Tarrant County) in 1923 where she received a scholarship to Grubb's
early forerunner of the University of Texas at
Arlington. The family moved and since Lillian schools only had eleven
grades, Gertrude attended Mansfield High
School and graduated again from
the twelfth grade in 1924. After High School, Gertrude worked for the
telephone company in Amarillo, Texas. On June 12,
1937, she married
William Gerrard Cook, a good-
looking fellow of Dutch heritage, in Ft.
Worth. A daughter and son were born of the union. Gertrude
was very health
conscious and worked at a health food store after her children were in
school. She was skilled
at cooking, and sewing and her landscape flower
gardens were always beautiful.
She and her husband lived in Tucson, Arizona, then Nederland, San Marcos,
and Austin, before settling in Arlington, Texas about 1952. Gertrude was a
Baptist, but became a Jehovah Witness sometime in the 1960's while
retaining many of her Baptist beliefs. She died on March 29, 1997 and is
buried in Laurel Land Cemetery in Ft. Worth.
Gieger - Summer 1998. and posted 13 August 1998; Picture of
tombstone posted 27 September 1998