Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Spears Family of Texas

Mrs. George T. Spears, Sr., Regent of the Texas State Society from 1947 to 1949 and founder of the Texas State Officers’ Club in 1948, was born at Myrtle Springs, Texas, on December 29, 1877. She was married to Colonel George Thomas Spears, a newspaper publisher who, at one time in his career, owned seventeen Texas newspapers. They were the parents of three children: Lucille, who died at the age of three years; George T. Spears, Jr., who married Alysse Sangster; and Clara Mary, who married Philip E. Luker. Mrs. Spears, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law were all organizing members of the Honorable Philip Livingston Chapter, DAC of Fort Worth.

Maude Lucille Dawson Spears received her education at Kidd-Key College in Sherman, Texas, where she prepared for her profession as a teacher. She was active in the Methodist Church and held local and district Offices in the women’s work of the church. A member of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Club of Graham, Texas, she participated in many community projects.

Mrs. Spears was also active in hereditary associations other than DAC. She filled the offices of State Historian and State Vice Regent of the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a board member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

For the last few years of her life, Mrs. Spears was confined to her room in the Decatur home of her daughter, but she remained alert and interested in the happenings of the times. She died at Decatur on December 12, 1975, only a few weeks before her ninety-eighth birthday.