A lengthy illness culminated in the death Thursday morning of last week of Mrs. Ellen Christie Tyrrell, mother of W.P. Tyrrell, at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, Beaumont, Texas. She was 89 years of age.
Funeral services were held on Friday morning at Broussard Mortuary Chapel, Beaumont, with Rev. John Wesley Hardt, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Entombment was in the Tyrrell Mausoleum in Magnolia cemetery at Beaumont.
A native of Belmond, Ellen Christie was born Nov. 15, 1873, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Christie. She was graduated from Belmond High School in 1891 and for three years attended Cornell college at Mount Vernon.
She was married on June 12, 1900 to W.C. Tyrrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. “Cap” Tyrrell, Sr. The elder W.C. Tyrrell was a prominent early-day citizen of this county who in 1900 moved to Texas, where engaged extensively in the oil business and rice growing and acquired numerous other business interests.
Mrs. Tyrrell and her husband had the present W.P. Tyrrell home south of town built in 1913. They moved in 1940 to Beaumont, where Mr. Tyrrell was associated with various family business interests.
They divided their time between Beaumont and Belmond, spending their summers here until Mr. Tyrrell’s death in 1943.
“Cap” Tyrrell engaged in many philanthropies in his adopted home of Beaumont. These included the gift to the city of Tyrrell Library and also of the land on which the city’s Tyrrell Park is located.
Mrs. Tyrrell is survived by her five children. They are, in addition to the son living here: Mrs. Wesley W. Kyle, Jr., Harry F. and W.C. Tyrrell, Jr. of Beaumont, and David C. Tyrrell of Shreveport, LA. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Tyrrell had continued membership in the Congregational church here. She was a charter member of the Wesley Class of Beaumont’s First Methodist Church and of the Women’s Society of Christian Service. She was a life member of the Beaumont Women’s Club, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.
W.P. Tyrrell had gone to Beaumont a week ago last Wednesday unaware that his mother on that day had undergone major surgery. He remained there during her final illness and was in attendance at the funeral service held last Friday.
Source: Wright County Monitor, June 30, 1963.