Nellie Clem Sittel

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Nellie Clem Sittel (Watson)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Washington, AR, USA
Death: June 25, 1956 (84)
McAlester, Pittsburg, OK, USA
Place of Burial: McAlester, Pittsburg, OK, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William A. Watson, Jr. and Sarah Ann Watson
Wife of Frank Sittel, Sr.
Mother of Clementine Sittel; Virgil J. Sittel; Clarence Watson Sittel, Sr.; Harry Watson Sittel; Virginia Robinson and 3 others

Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Nellie Clem Sittel

Mrs. Frank Sittel, Sr, (Nellie (Watson) Sittel), 300 East Seminole, a resident of McAlester since 1897, died Monday Night, June 25, 1956, in a local hospital following complications which resulted when she fell two weeks ago and fractured a hip. Funeral services will be held in the Grand Avenue Methodist Church at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning with the Rev. W. J. Gray, pastor of Barnett Memorial Church officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic section of Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Chaney Funeral Home. Mrs. Sittel came to McAlester as a bride of the late Frank Sittel in December 1897. The couple established a home in North McAlester and resided there for 50 years. Mrs. Sittel continued to reside in the family home for the additional years after Mr. Sittel's death in 1947. She was born in Cane Hill, Arkansas, March 24, 1872, the daughter of Sarah Howe and William Albert Watson. She attended the University of Arkansas where she majored in art. In 1895, she came to North McAlester for a visit and organized her first art class here. While here she met Mr. Sittel and the couple was married in Cane Hill, December 22, 1897 and she returned to North McAlester to establish a permanent home here. After Mrs. Sittel's eight children were grown, she organized other art classes and taught oil painting to many young McAlester students and several older women. Her paintings have been on exhibit many times and her home always had many beautiful paintings on display. She was a lifelong member of the Barnett Memorial Church of North McAlester and all her eight children are members. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a regent of this organization for several years during the 20's. Other memberships included the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Art Department of the McAlester Fortnightly Club. In 1926, Mrs. Sittel conceived the idea of a Grandmother's Club and she and three other women organized the club which has since become a national organization. She is survived by eight children; five daughters-in-law, one son=in-law; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The surviving children are; Miss Clementine Sittel of Hardin, Montana; Virgil Sittel, Tulsa; Clarence Sittel, Quito, Ecuador, South America; Watson Sittel, Denison, Texas; Mrs. W. Chester Robinson (Nee Virginia Sittel) of Columbus, Mississippi; R. E. Sittel, Grand Prairie, Texas; Miss Sue Sittel, Atlanta, Georgia; and Frank Sittel, Jr. of McAlester. A brother, Frank Watson, Tulsa, also survives. McAlester News-Capital, June 26, 1956, Page 1

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Nellie Clem Sittel's Timeline

March 24, 1872
Washington, AR, USA
January 28, 1899
Age 26
McAlester, Pittsburg, OK, USA
March 2, 1900
Age 27
McAlester, OK, USA
November 23, 1901
Age 29
McAlester, OK, USA
October 22, 1903
Age 31
McAlester, OK, USA
February 8, 1907
Age 34
McAlester, OK, USA
July 8, 1908
Age 36
McAlester, OK, USA
March 1, 1915
Age 42
McAlester, OK, USA
May 19, 1920
Age 48
McAlester, Pittsburg, OK, USA