Historical records matching Ernestine "Kitty" (Bland) Bennett Coxe (1914-2005)
About Ernestine "Kitty" Bennett Coxe (Bland)
Ernestine Bland was born on April 20, 1914, in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, a daughter of Aden B. Bland (1881-1927) and Margaret "Maggie" Jane (Jones) Bland (1880-1957). She is the sister of Hansell Elizabeth Bland (1907-1909); Anna Mae (Bland) Donaldson Mitchell (1911-1982); and twin brother, Earl Bland (1914-1943).
In 1920 and at the time her father, Aden Bland, died in 1927, she was living with her family at 605 West 44th St in Savannah, next door to her aunt Mattie Brunson, her mother's sister. By 1930, they had moved again to 20 West Hall St in Savannah.
She married Robert W. "Bob" Bennett on April 19, 1931 (the day before she turned 17 years old) in Ridgeland, Jasper County, South Carolina. They had one daughter, Betty Jane Bennett, in Savannah, GA. They divorced on November 1, 1933. Ernestine or Bob were not known or verified to have any more children after their divorce.
Around 1935, Ernestine with her daughter, Betty, moved to Miami, FL with her mother, sister and brother. In 1939, Maggie, Ann, Ernestine, Betty, and Earl lived at 515 NW 50th St, Miami, Dade County, FL. Ernestine was a saleswoman for Miramar Bakery. At 29, she married Russell "Russ" Dewey Coxe, Jr. on November 23, 1943 in Miami, FL. Ernestine was called "Kitty".
In 1971, Ernestine was honored for 18 years of Employee Service at Shelborne Hotel beachfront resort in Miami, FL. At that time, she was the longest employed staff member of the Hotel.
When Ernestine was 78 and daughter, Betty, was age 60, in a photo of them together, Betty commented of her mother, "sweet, cute, kind and funny lil' lady". Remembering her years later, Betty also noted, "She was always of the Baptist religion and a beautiful, petite, and vivacious woman. Two of her favorite songs were 'Blue Skies' and 'Amazing Grace'."
Ernestine Coxe, 91, of Miami, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, in Villa Maria Nursing Center in Miami. She was cremated and her ashes scattered by her daughter near Englewood, FL.
Sources: Daughter Betty (Bennett) Semple comments, articles & photos, U.S. Census Records & Marriage Certificate documents (SEE "Timeline" events & "Media")
(Note: Sources, information & photo(s)/enhancement, as available, managed by family connections researcher, Jim Semple, Jr., grandson of Ernestine Coxe)