Wordless Wednesday: Ella Louise Chapple Marshall (1923 -1969)

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWell, almost wordless . . .  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I wear pink in honor of my aunt — Ella Louise Chapple Marshall!

Aunt Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Even though I was a young child when my Aunt Louise died (I was 9 years old), what I remember most about her was her joy and contagious laughter! She could truly light up a room and she had a sense of humor that literally kept people laughing. Family and friends felt at ease with her and genuinely loved being around her. She was a true gem!

Liv turns 3!

To help me celebrate my 3rd birthday, my beautiful aunt was right there! In this photo she’s holding on to my cousin Reginald Marshall. Standing next to her is (from l. to r.) Annie Ray Gilbert (friend), my cousin Ralph Marshall, mom who is helping me cut the cake, and Mary Gilbert (Annie Ray’s sister and friend).

I love this photo and will cherish it for as long as I live because it is the last photo of  my aunt that we have in our collection taken a few years  before she passed away, 2 April 1969, from breast cancer. You can read more about her burial at FindAGrave.

If you have my beloved aunt, Ella Louise (Chapple) Marshall, from Houston, Harris County, Texas (who also lived a few years in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas too) in your family research, let me hear from you because . . . I’m claiming kin!


Wordless Wednesday: The Only Chapple Boy

Well, almost wordless . . .

Among those Chapple Girls was one boy . . .

Joseph Lee Chapple

Joseph poses with Lady Friend

My Uncle Joseph was quite a character and definitely considered himself a smooth operator when it came to the fairer sex!

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Wordless Wednesday: The Chapple Girls

Well, almost wordless . . .

My Mom and her beloved sisters!

Ella Louise

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1941



Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1944


Mom - Carrie

My Mom – Carrie

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1947


My aunt Ella Louise passed away on April 2, 1969 and my aunt Estella passed away before I was born on August 30, 1954. You can read more about them by clicking on their photos above or stopping by the Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery at FindAGrave.  As for mom, she’s in her eighties and doing well. We are very blessed to still have her in our lives today.

If you have any of these Chapple girls from the Houston, Harris County, Texas area in your family tree, let me hear from you because –  I’m Claiming Kin!

Wordless Wednesday: Remembering Cousin Carolyn (1945-1975)

Carolyn at age 9, 1954

Carolyn with her 2 daughters (Kim & Elke) and Ray Bryant, Kashmere Garden Church of Christ, Houston, TX

Not sure when this photo was taken, but Carolyn and Ray Bryant were married in 1970 and divorced in 1974. A year later, she was killed.

Wordless Wednesday: Real Photo Postcard (RPPC)

Well, almost wordless . . . Check out this Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) of family I just found again!


This is a photo of my maternal grandmother, Estella (Smith) Chapple, and a couple of her lady friends (or relatives) that I have not been able to identify. But what makes this photo such a special one in my collection is that it’s a real photo postcard, a service introduced by Kodak in 1907.

According to Patty’s Antique Postcards,

Real photo postcards are actual photographs that were taken and processed from a ‘clean’ negative plate and printed in a darkroom on postcard paper. Unlike printing and copying methods used today, these photo’s do not contain ‘pixel’s or ‘dots’ when viewed closely. Void of the ‘middle-man’, these images are clean and crisp.”

Do you have some real photo postcards (RPPCs) of ancestors in your family photo collection? Let me know!