ALMA R. T. SMITH GEORGE

[George]

If you speak to Mrs. George for any length of time, you will soon realize that her Christian faith and late husband played an important part in her life.

It all began in March of 1902, when a very pretty baby girl was born to Jeff and Susie Smith in Dickens County, West Texas.

She and her 5 siblings (1 sister and 4 brothers) grew up on the arid plains of West Texas. "We were farmers in Dickens County," she said. Although she lived in the Brownfield area for 68 years, she remembers Dickens County as the place where she grew up. "When we moved out here, we moved in a wagon with horses. That was in 1934." George recalls driving a horse and buggy to Dry Lake School and stopping each day to pick a neighbor's child who also was headed in that direction.

At a young age Alma met and married Euell George. She said "We met at church with young people in Terry County and we were married in Dickens County. He farmed and bought 100 acres of which part of it is now Groves school and football field.”

She recalls that she worked most of her life in farming. "I carried irrigation things. It was hard work, but I helped my husband- whatever he did I helped him do." "I worked right beside him in the field. We worked together…we had a perfect marriage."

Along the way the happy couple became a family. Her children are Dale George and Pauline Murry of Brownfield and Thelma Moore of Plainview. She also has 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She answers quickly when asked about her 3 children when they were growing up. "I though they were good children, and everybody also thought that," she said. "I've got just as good in-laws- they treat me just like my children do."

Recalling her life as a Christian, Alma said "we went to Dry Lake Baptist Church…I have been Baptist ever since I can remember-and still am." When she and her family moved to the Forester community in Terry County. She attended a Baptist church there and later became a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Brownfield.

Dale George said his mother has lived a Christian life. "That's what I try to do," she said. "I listen every Sunday morning to television. I can't go to church now, so I listen Sunday morning to two different preachers."

She recalls that her own mother handled declining health with endurance. "When my mother died, she was sitting up, and I just made up my mind that I was going to go as long as I can go," she said. "I know where I'm going-I know God- and I know he has really helped me in so many things.

"I wonder why he is still keeping me here, but I guess he has a reason. And I'm going to stay here until he takes me home."

She doesn't make it a practice to offer advice to younger people: "I don't think I could tell anyone… and I don't think they would pay attention."

In parting, Mrs. George chuckled and said "I feel good but I'm worn out… I've had a wonderful life."


[George]

Mrs. George enjoying a visit with her son and daughter.

[home]