Hoberta Katherine (SHELBY) Frost, aged 101, born 9 Sept 1901, in Hobart, Kiowa Co, OK, passed away quietly in her sleep on 23 May 2003, in Burnet, Texas. Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, Wise Co, TX, and she is buried next to her husband Earl E Frost, in the East Bridgeport Cemetery, near the church.
Hoberta, Johnnie M Johnson, and I have been chasing the SHELBYs since the mid 1970s-and what a fun chase it has been! We have spent all this time trying (so far, with no success) to locate the parents of Hoberta's great grandfather Thomas SHELBY b 1796 PA, married 1833 in Brown Co, OH to Nancy Gillespie. It seems like we have chased down just about every SHELBY on the face of the earth in the hope of finding Hoberta's Shelby Kin!
Hoberta and her husband moved to Bridgeport in 1927. She was born to James and Tina Shelby of Hobart, Oklahoma-the first white child to be born in that settlement. Hobart's newspaper, The Republican, suggested that the parents name their new daughter after the town, and the editor offered to deposit "a silver dollar with the child's mother, Mrs Shelby, to be held in trust until the young lady arrives at the age of 18 when the money will be turned over to her with accumulated interest."
Hoberta was named "Lady of the Year" in Bridgeport in 1988. She was honored with a 100th birthday party in Runaway Bay (near Bridgeport) on that fateful day of 11 Sept 2001.
Hoberta left a daughter Jackie, 4 grandchildren and a fairly sizeable group of great grandchildren. Also, her just turned 100 year old sister, Valeta Jamison.
We always joked with Hoberta that when she catches up with Thomas that she drop us a note and let us know who the heck his parents were!
We love ya Hoberta-You were a very special lady and we are going to miss you like crazy, and we'll be waiting for that note!