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Anna Melissa Hogsett "Chissa" Gordon

1918 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Anna Melissa Hogsett "Chissa" Gordon Obituary
Anna Melissa "Chissa" Hogsett Gordon died peacefully late in the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Chissa's honor to a charity of your choosing. The oldest daughter of two founding Fort Worth families, she was born Nov. 20, 1918, to Joseph Bratcher Hogsett and Marguerite Cantey Hogsett. Her paternal grandfather, Judge and state legislator J.Y. Hogsett, wrote the charter that turned a settlement in and around an army outpost into the municipality of Fort Worth. Samuel Benton Cantey, her maternal grandfather, cofounded Cantey and Capps in 1883, now known as Cantey Hanger. It is the oldest law firm in Tarrant County. Chissa went to the Marsh Private School and graduated from Central High. She attended Mount Vernon College, Briarcliff College and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was a 1938 Assembly debutante and a founder of the Jewel Charity Ball. In 1939, she married W.K. Gordon Jr. of Dallas. She was passionately interested in civic affairs and the history of both her native Fort Worth and also the legendary ghost town, Thurber. She established the W.K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas, which opened in 2002. Chissa was an avid golfer, gracious hostess and gifted story teller. She was a member of the Assembly, the Fort Worth Junior League, River Crest Country Club and the Fort Worth Club. The family gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the care she received from her devoted staff. She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Marguerite Hogsett Harrison; and her grandson, Joel Anthony Gordon. Survivors: Her son, W.K. Gordon III of Dallas; daughter, Marguerite Gordon of Tesuque, N.M.; brother-in-law, James M. Harrison; a nephew, numerous nieces and cousins.
Published in Star-Telegram from Feb. 7 to Feb. 16, 2014
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