Mrs. Mary Sackett, 87, Buried Here; Saw History In Making

With Father Postert of Ballinger officiating, Catholic funeral services were held for Mrs. Mary Anna Sackett, 87, long time resident of Coleman county, at the Stevens Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Sackett died at the family residence at Camp Colorado on Monday, following residence in the county of almost 71 years. Interment was made in the local cemetery.
Mary Ann Mac Namara was born at Ft. Riley, Kansas, on January 29, 1858, the daughter of the late Capt. Michael Mac Namara and Laura Johnson Mac Namara. Her father was a native of Irleland and her mother was born in Wisconsin. She came to Texas with her parents on May 10, 1874. She later met and married Henry Sackett, the wedding taking place on Jan. 21, 1876.
To the union were born ten children, eight of whom survive. The survivors include four daughters, Miss May Sackett and Mrs. Maud Coulson, both of Camp Colorado, Mrs. A. H. Volz of San Antonio, and Mrs. T. J. Stewart of Tyler; and four sons, W. H., Fred, and Henry A. Sackett, all of Coleman, and George S. Sackett of San Angelo.
Two brothers, George McNamara of Coleman and D. J. McNamara of Fort Worth, and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
She was a member of the Catholic church.
Pallbearers included J. B. Atkinson, E. C. Edens, Charles Polk, Woody Epperson, J. R. Brooke, and Leonard W. Stevens.
The following persons were names as honorary pallbearers: J. W. Golson, Dr. S. N. Aston, W. J. Coulson, Berry Harbour, J. K. Baker, J. F. Henderson, Sr., George Pauley, W. J. Stevens and Frank Stevens.
Flower bearers included, Mesdames Ben Dunn, J. T. Laird, Betty Sackett, Jimmy Boatright, Joe K. Taylor, and A. R. Scott.
Mary Mac Namara was only two years old in 1860, when Fitzhugh Lee was trailing Comanche Indians down Pecan Bayou and across Jim Ned Creek, and returnng wounded to the Camp Colorado army post.
Although that young girl did not remember the famous Mr. Lee, she remembered soldiers and Texas Rangers, Comanche arrows that zipped over her head, bitter warfare, President Lincoln, and the days of the open range.
The late Mrs. Sackett often recalled the time when she was a school girl in Washington, D. C., of seeing President Lincoln. By coincidence, she died on President Lincoln's birthday.
Her late husband was Henry A. Sackett IV, from a long line of "yeomen to the king." Shortly after coming to the United States from England he worked in the silver mines near Denver, Colorado. Later he became a member of the Texas Rangers and after that became state representative for this immediate area in the Texas House of representatives. He died in 1928.
The Sackett home stands on the foundation of one of the Camp Colorado army buildings. Its walls the late Mr. Sackett constructed of stones from the fort, and several of its doors originally were in the government buildings there.
One of the late Mrs. Sackett's final public appearances was at the dedication of the Camp Colorado Replica at Coleman City Park. Mrs. Sackett broke a bottle of water on the building's cornerstone at that time.
She had been in ill health since she fell and broke a hip some five years ago.
Funeral arrangements were made by J. E. Stevens Company.

Coleman Democrat-Voice (Texas), 15 Feb 1945