The Caddo Herald
October 1, 1942
Mrs. Ella Bilbo Died at Her Caddo Home Friday
Afternoon, 72 Years Old
Mrs. Ella Bilbo died last Friday at 4pm in her home in Caddo after several months’ illness. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Lardner W. Moore, a former pastor who until lately was a missionary to Japan. Burial in Caddo Cemetery, upon which Mrs. Bilbo lavished much time and affection in her long lifetime in Caddo.
Pall bearers were Henry F. Bass, Lake Brewer, John L. Boland, F. A. Henderson, Henry Edwards, C. C. Semple.
Mrs. Bilbo was born in Nevada in 1870, the daughter of Dr. C. McCoy. They moved to Colbert soon thereafter and to Caddo when she was 7 years old and where she has lived ever since. She received her education at Mary Nash School in the city of Sherman.
She married C. A. Bilbo when 20 years of age and to them five boys were born, only two of whom are now living: Chas. C. Bilbo, Caddo and W. W. Bilbo, San Gabriel, Cal. Three grandsons and four granddaughters and three great grandchildren also survive her.
Mrs. Bilbo led a useful life. She was gifted with rare qualities of leadership; she was a good musician and devoted much of her life to playing sacred music for religious services, often playing the organ when too small to reach the pedals. Early in life she united with the Presbyterian Church, nearly all the time being in charge of the music. She organized the Civic Club and the Music Club in Caddo, was an active member until a few years ago. Care and keep of the Caddo Cemetery was originated by Civic Club, which has continued unabated until this day, a monument to the skill and untiring work of a group of civic minded women.
A good and useful woman has gone to her reward, and it may be said of her “She hath done what she could” which was much.