Weatherford Democrat


April 3, 2014

Gertrude Beatrice (Big Mama) Trishell

Gertrude Beatrice (Big Mama) Trishell, 97, passed away peacefully March 30, 2014, with her family by her side.

Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery in Stephenville.

Big Mama was born on Aug. 31, 1916 in Natchitoches Parish, La., to Mr. Noah and Fannie Martin. Big Mama was the youngest of four siblings (three sisters and one brother). She was born on a turpentine plantation and was able to complete the sixth grade, the highest grade available at that time for children in the parish. Big Mama was a self-taught “Renaissance Woman.” She was an avid fisherwoman, hunter, farmer, gardener, supreme quilt maker, soap maker, protector of children and all around homemaker. Big Mama was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She was a phenomenal woman.

Big Mama married “Curley” (Papa) Trishell in 1933 in Louisiana. They had nine children and the family eventually moved to Texas in 1947. Big Mama was “green” before “green” became popular. She recycled, reused and made do with what she had available. Big Mama was one of the wisest and skilled women that the Good Lord placed on this Earth.

Big Mama and Papa raised and sold hogs and other livestock. Many individuals would bring Big Mama their hunting game and livestock for dressing and slaughtering. Big Mama was also sought for her ironing and tailoring skills.

Big Mama was her happiest in the deep woods fishing. She would walk several miles daily to go fishing.

Survivors include her sons, Sylvester Trishell and wife, Marie, M.L. Trishell and wife, Wyonia, and Roger and Ralph Trishell; daughters, Roberta Simmons and husband, David, Verda Patterson and Alice Cain; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

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