Hattie Blessing, Texas' first female embalmer

June 26, 2022
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Hattie May Ellis Blessing (1888-1968) became the first female embalmer in the state of Texas in May 1935. Hattie and her husband, Thomas Ernest Blessing, were both issued funeral director licenses in September 1935. In 1944, the Blessings traded houses with Dr. William Burney and Sarah McKnight. The Blessings moved into the large home at 401 East Elm Street. The house was built in 1870 as the girls dormitory for the Mansfield Male and Female College and later as the home of the college president, John Collier. The home now serves as Blessing Funeral Home.

To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, email museum@mansfieldtexas.gov or go to mansfieldhistory.org.

Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.

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