Lou Ida Belle Miller was my husband’s first cousin (3 times removed) and the loving grandmother of fellow family researcher Tom Hedges. Most of the information that I have on Lou Ida Belle comes generously from Tom.
Lou Ida Belle Miller was the youngest daughter of Harriet Curbow and Elijah Spencer Miller. She was born in Itasca, Hill County, Texas on 3 June 1892.
On 27 Jan 1907 (at the tender age of 14 years old), Lou Ida Belle married Jesse Monroe Mason. A short nine months later in September of 1907 Jesse Mason died. Out of this union came one child: Jessie Isabel Mason who was born on Christmas Day 1907.
By the age of 20, Lou Ida Belle Miller has remarried. Her new husband is James Monroe Watson. The couple had six children: Minnie Estel in 1912; Bonnie Gertrude in 1916; John Edward in 1918; Ruby Pauline in 1920; Willie Mae in 1925; and James Thomas in 1929. The family lived in and around the Carter County, Oklahoma area until 1933 when James Monroe Watson died following a surgery.
After the death of her husband, Lou Ida Belle Miller left Oklahoma with her children and migrated to Arizona. This is what Tom
shared with me about his grandmother: My grandmother moved with all her children to Arizona to find work. With the great depression and ‘dust bowl’ during that time, they were among the many ‘Okies’ that moved west to find work. All of her children stayed in Arizona, except for one. Her daughter Ruby Pauline and Ruby’s husband Robert Harris moved back to Oklahoma, and remained in Oklahoma the rest of their lives.
Lou Ida Belle Miller Watson died in Phoenix, Maricopa County on 8 Jan 1969. She is laid to rest at the Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery.