Merced Express, Saturday, April 27, 1907
 
 Death of Mrs. W. L. Means
 
 Mrs. Bettie Means, wife of William L. Means one of the pioneer citizens of Snelling, died at her home near old Hopeton on the Merced river on the 19th inst. after an illness of a week from pneumonia, her passing away came to her friends as a surprise and with many sentiments of regret for they had not heard of her illness.
 
 During the thirty seven years that she had lived at her home near Snelling she had the respect and esteem of all who knew her, and was devoted wife and an affectionate and loving mother, The maiden name of the deceased was Miss Bettie Thompson.
 
 She was born at Princeton, Alabama, September 11th, 1845, hence at the time of her death she was 61 years of age. She was united in marriage to William L. Means at her home in Corsicana, Texas, October 3, 1869, and that fall came with her husband to Snelling. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss, Her children all of whom are grown are W. L. Means, Jr., Mrs. William M. Little, Mrs. A. B. Reid and Miss Blanche Means, all residents of this county. The funeral took place at Snelling Saturday afternoon last, Rev. M. Bailey officiating. At the grave the services were under the auspices of Mercedes Chapter No. 126 O. E. S. The last sad rites were largely attended and the floral offerings were many.

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