(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Burns Fatal To Mrs. J B Paden Funeral Today
Mrs. J. B. Peden, one of Houston's oldest and most beloved women was fatally burned yesterday afternoon at her home, her clothing having caught from an open grate.
Mrs. Peden had been in bed for several days but was sitting by the fire and when she attempted to get something from the mantle her kimono caught, so she said. Mr. Peden having gone to a neighbor's for a few minutes. He was returning when he noticed black smoke coming from the chimney, and hurrying to the house he found Mrs. Peden on the floor enveloped in flames. Before he could extinguish the blaze her clothing was burned off and her face and body severely burned. She lived only a few hours, dying about ten o'clock.
Mrs. Peden was 75 years of age, most of which time she had lived in Houston. She was a member of the Baptist church. Besides Mr. Peden, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Mims Paulk of Houston, Texas, two sons, Aubrey of Oklahoma City, Clint Peden of Houston, and five grandchildren. Two sisters also survived, Mrs. Bettye Montgomery of Sparta and Mrs. Lillie Marshall of Biloxi, Miss.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
December 10 1936
Funeral Rites For Mrs. J B Paden
The funeral rites for Mrs. J B Paden whose tragic death occurred last Wednesday evening from burns sustained from an open grate, were held at the residence Thursday afternoon, with interment following at the old family cemetery at Amity, near Sparta. The Rev. W C Stewart, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiated.
Had Mrs. Paden lived until the 24th, she and Mr. Paden would have celebrated their fiftieth anniversary.
From early girlhood she had been a member of the Baptist Church.
Acting as pallbearers were Messrs. Jim Alexander, W F Davis, J C Alford, H B Abernethy, J C Barrett, and W R Hill.
December 10 1936