Members of The Colorado River Chapter 2655 United Daughters of the Confederacy met at the home of Lucille Ellis on January 9 to welcome the 91 years young newest and honored member to the chapter. Currently the eldest member of the chapter, Lucille welcomed the ladies into her beautiful home of 69 years. Chapter President, Judy McKinney presided over the presentation of the certificate of membership to Mrs. Ellis, as she joins hands with members nation-wide in pledging together our loyalty to work for the progress of the organization under its noble objectives which are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial, and Patriotic. Chapter Recording Secretary, Rosemary Cox read the poem "Why I Am A Daughter" by Mary Nowlin Moon.
Mrs. Ellis, a true southern lady, is the perfect example of the ideal "Daughter of the Confederacy". She urged her grandson, Will Harkey, to assist her in honoring her ancestor by becoming a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Because of her determination in the preservation of family history, she has fulfilled the words of the poem "Why I am a Daughter" which reads in part …."I came into this world with the blood of a soldier in my veins…a soldier who may have had nothing more to leave behind to me and to those who come after me except in heritage…a heritage rich in honor and glory that surpasses any material wealth that could be mine." …. "I am therefore, a Daughter of the Confederacy because it is my birthright."…
Visiting with Lynn Blankenship, Chapter Treasurer, Lucille told of her ancestor, Robert Evans Woods stating, "It was a terrible war." A portrait of Woods is displayed proudly in Mrs. Ellis’ living room and she insisted on having her picture taken with her membership certificate along side her grandfather. Lucille is the daughter of Elmo Volney Whisenant and Susan Alice Woods.
Her grandfather, Robert Evans Woods enlisted at San Saba as a Private, Company H 24 TX Calvary on March 3, 1862 at the age of 22 years old in the Confederate Army under Capt. John Conner and served this side of the Mississippi until the fall of the Arkansas Post in 1862 where he was captured and held prisoner for three months. He was exchanged at City Point and served in the Virginia Army, Granbury Brigade, Cleburne Division where he served under Capt. S. T. Foster until the close of the war. Robert Evans Woods is buried in Woods Cemetery alongside his wife, Susan Landrum Woods in the Sloan Community in San Saba County.