In memoriam: Kathleen Burt, Bessie Wreath

       Kathleen Crayton Burt, a Westside resident who had turned 106 years old May 29, died Dec. 25.

Kathleen Burt
Westside Pioneer photo

       Born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and chiefly raised in Illinois, she had lived in a house in the Friendship/ Crescent Lane neighborhood off Mesa Road area since 1966.
       Mrs. Burt is survived by her daughter, Bette Baker. Her husband, Fred Burt, and two sisters had preceded her in death.
       According to Mrs. Baker, her mother had been slowly declining over the past several months.
       There will be no public memorial services. At Mrs. Burt's request, her remains were cremated.
       Interviewed by the Westside Pioneer when she was 103, Mrs. Burt recalled driving a one-horse buggy as a youth. She described her current neighborhood as “one of the nicest” she'd ever lived in. A tuberculosis survivor in her 20s, she had no explanation for having lived so long. “I don't know how I got these genes,” she said at the time. “I guess it's because I'm too contrary.”
       Funeral services were Jan. 5 for Westsider Bessie Pecola Wreath, who died Dec. 29, 2008, at the age of 100.
       She was born in Ashland, Tenn., Oct. 14, 1908, the youngest of eight children. In 1934, she moved to Colorado Springs with her first husband, Herschel Johnson, who died of tuberculosis. She later married Harvey Wreath, who had a car repair shop on 31st Street. He passed away in 1977.
       Mrs. Wreath taught Sunday school at Pikes Peak United Methodist Church for about 50 years.
       She is survived by a son, Ronald Wreath, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
       Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wreath's memory to the church or to Pikes Peak Hospice.

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