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Nettie Mae Houston Lacey

10-12-16-aunt-mae-obituary1-1A Celebration of Life was held for Nettie Mae Houston Lacey, 104, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Zion Baptist Church in Normangee, Texas. Officiating minister was Rev. Tracie Branch Sims and host minister was Rev. Marvin Cooper. Interment was at the Burton Cemetery in Leon County.
Nettie Mae Houston Lacey, “Aunt Mae,” was born February 12, 1912, to Rufus Houston and Bettie Laura Wilder Houston in Guy’s Store in Leon County, Texas.
Nettie and her twin Lettie Arjunia were the sixth and seventh respectively and the second set of twins born to the couple. Her parents, in the end, would have 13 children to include three sets of twins.
On August 2, 1930, she married her longtime neighbor and friend, Bennie Lacey. In 1947 Bennie and Mae purchased an acre of land in Normangee, Texas where they would build their dream home.
While Uncle Bennie worked at the Davis Cozart Funeral Home for more than 60 years, Nettie Mae was a dedicated and meticulous homemaker.
At an early age, she professed her faith in Christ and became a member of Mt. Ira Baptist Church. After moving to Normangee, Nettie Mae joined Zion Baptist Church where she served as Secretary of the Sunday School. Prior to her passing she was acknowledged as the “Mother of the Church” as its oldest member. During her stay in Fort Worth, she attended Mayfield Baptist Church.
Although there were no biological children born to the couple, they participated in raising their grandnephew, Joseph Houston, and was actively involved in the lives of 25 nieces and nephews.
Upon the death of her beloved Bennie, at the age of 98 in 2006, they had enjoyed 75 years of marriage. The following year she lost her twin shortly after celebrating their 95th birthday.
Nettie Mae departed this life for a better and eternal life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Fort Worth Baylor Hospital, with her sister by her bedside.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, her twin sister Lettie Arjunia Robinson and two sisters, Millie Lizzy Jones and Maggie Lee Houston and seven brothers, Rufus Jr., Paul, Silas, Qunie, Prince Albert, Jimmie Lee, AB, and Sam Calvin Houston. She was also proceeded by several nieces and nephews.
She leaves to cherish her memories her dedicated baby sister and long-term caregiver Artince Fortson, her beloved nephew Joseph Houston, her namesake, niece and confidant, Nettie Elliott, nieces Dorothy Bridges, Bettie Jo Green Gaston, Laura Williams, Gloria D. Jelks, Charlotte Williams, Dorothy Jones, Mark Davis, Rufus D. Lacy and nephews, Frank Houston, Frank J Houston, Morris Houston, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Mark O. Davis, Rufus D. Lacey, Morris Houston, Frank Houston, F. J. Houston, and Moses Bridges. Active pallbearers were Jessie L. Branch, Jr., Geoffry Brown, Bobby Lacey, Joe Lacey, Sherman Perry and Joseph L. Houston.
Cozart Funeral Home of Normangee, Texas was in charge of the arrangements.

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