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Leta Mae (Williams) Durst
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014

Leta Mae (Williams) Durst, 97, of Mason, passed away Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014.

She was born Leta Mae Williams on December 19, 1916, to Henry and Ola Williams on the family ranch in Chesser Valley, Mills County. Leta Mae, born and raised, worked and lived near Mullin most of her life. She was a life-long member of The United Methodist Church, and taught Sunday School in Mullin for many years.

On March 9, 1940, Leta married Andrew “Dusty” Durst in Mullin. They farmed and ranched together and also raised laying hens and sold eggs. They shared a hobby of making stained glass. Together they attended arts and crafts shows across the state where they sold their stained glass. Even though Leta and Dusty had no children, Leta was a “second mother” to Charlie, Don and Kay. They have fond memories of summers spent with Leta and Dusty on the ranch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ola Williams; her husband, Dusty Durst, her brother W. Rex Williams, Sr., brother and sisters-in-law Homer and Frances Durst, Lee Roy and Violet Strackbein, Genevieve Reichenau and “Dink” Williams, nieces Jo Ann Childress and Kay Moore. Survivors include her brother-in-law H. C. Reichenau, nephews Charles Reichenau and wife Linda of Mason, Don Reichenau and wife Ginger of Fredericksburg, David Durst and wife Karla of San Antonio, W. Rex Williams, Jr. and wife Debi of Mullin and Jimmy John Williams of Mullin and her special cousin Luther Williams and wife Barbara of Farmersville along with many other relatives and friends.

Visitation with the family was Friday evening at Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mason with Rev. Colleen Haley officiating. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Rex Williams, Clint Reichenau, Ivan Chesser, Cody Reichenau, Albert Evans and Grant Eubank.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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