DAR mourns the loss of Breland

Staff Writer

Margaurite Breland was a long time member of the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Breland passed away Monday, July 20, at the age of 102. She will be greatly missed, not only by her family, but also by all the friends she had made during her 44 years with the DAR.

"It's so hard to say farewell to our dedicated member of the Horseshoe Robinson Chapter of DAR," Gaynell Duke, former regent of HSRCNSDAR, said. "She loved DAR and was so devoted to its work."

Duke said Breland moved to West Point after living in Macon and being a member of the Dancing Rabbit Chapter. She was a member for many years.
"After moving to West Point, Margaurite became a member of the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter," Duke said. "She was our Chaplain for several years. She was always prepared with something extremely interesting during our 'Native American Moment' where she would present a short commentary that gave us some insight into the culture. As Chaplain, she would also lead us in a devotional as an end to the program."

Duke said she will always remember Breland as a good friend and a loyal member of the DAR.
"She was always dressed up for the meetings," Duke said. "She treated each gathering as a festive occasion and was happy to greet everyone and was always there to welcome new members."

Breland had a large collection of antique dolls and she would often bring one to the DAR and talk about the age of the doll and how she recreated the costume from the era it came from.
She became interested in Doll Restoration in 1965, while serving as Noxubee County Library Director. Breland restored and dressed antique dolls for more than 50 years.
As a resident at the Henry Clay, she was always happy to entertain guests and show them her handiwork. At Christmas time her dolls could be found serving the dual purpose as decorations.

She lived at the Henry Clay for several years before moving to Columbus to closer to her family.
"She and her granddaughter, Jackie White, joined the Shuk-Ho-Ta Tom-A-Ha Chapter of DAR in Columbus," Duke said. "She is unique in having been an active member in three different chapters during her 44 years in the DAR."

Duke said Breland had such joy in attending programs and meetings with the DAR.
"She lived among us for 102 years," Duke said. "We will miss her beautiful smile, the sparkle of delight in her eyes and her wonderful, fashionable outfits. She was one of a kind and we all loved her dearly."
Horseshoe Robertson Regent Gaynell Duke, Dancing Rabbit Regent Mary Ann Gray, Shuk-Ho-Ta Tom-A-Ha Regent Wilda Thomas were all a part of the chapters that Breland was proud to be a member of during her 44 years with DAR,