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EVERITT, Margaret Decker: 1897 – 1999

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<strong>Margaret Decker Everitt – Descendant of Gen. Sam Houston</strong>

Houston Chronicle – Dec. 1, 1999, 10:31PM

Sam Houston descendant dies at 102

Services for Margaret Decker Everitt, who was Sam Houston’s oldest living descendant, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 5th) at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (Houston, Harris County, Texas).

She died in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (Houston, Harris County, Texas) on Tuesday (Nov. 30th) at 102.

Her grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth Morrow, was one of Houston’s eight children and his oldest daughter.

Everitt, who drove until she was 99, was born Feb. 7, 1897, in Georgetown (Williamson County, Texas). Her father, Davis E. Decker, was a state senator and a judge.

Everitt spent much of her young life at Quanah in Hardeman County in North Texas.

In 1997, at the time of her 100th birthday, she confided that being a descendant of Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, was a source of embarrassment to her when she was a child.

“I hated it because I thought it made me different from others,” she explained.

Everitt’s first husband, Henry S. Aurand, rose to lieutenant general in the Army during World War II and was the father of her two sons, now deceased. She divorced him, remarried him, then divorced him again.

She and New York banker Archibald Lawson Jr. were then married for six years when he died.

She said her fourth marriage, to Edward A. Everitt, who rose to an Army colonel, proved to be her best. They had been married 35 years when he died in 1970.

Burial will be Dec. 10 in Arlington National Cemetery.