This is just a little tidbit that Mandi found out yesterday when talking to some friends. We’ve talked about putting photos of the prominent Cameron residents who attended the First Christian Church during its long history, and we have a new one to add.
It turns out that Lucille Marie Jones Braden (Marie), the mother of the actor Tommy Lee Jones, attended the church late in her life, after she married Cameron resident Carlton E. Braden. She was a member of the Board and quite active until her death in 2013.
She sounds like a pretty cool woman. Apparently she married and divorced her first husband, Clyde Jones, twice. That’s from Wikipedia. She also had lots of careers, ranging from hairdresser to police officer. She retired from working at the State of Texas in Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR as we call it today, to avoid the unpleasant actual name).
You know she had to be strong to thrive for many years in Midland, Texas and raise a son who went to Harvard on scholarship. She also loved to crochet, according to her obituary, which makes me like her even more.
She’s buried along with Mr. Braden in Milano. It’s amazing what you can find out on the internet these days. Thanks to Mandi for finding out about this bit of history.