Marie J. Lett died Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Burleson, with a graveside service at a later date at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.

Memorials are suggested to a favorite charity or Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Ln, Baltimore, MD 21228.

Marie was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Atlanta, Ga., one of seven children born to Marie Gailmard and Laban Scott Johnson. Most will remember her for her hard work on the ranch, her out-spoken position on various topics, especially politics, and her sense of humor.

She married Alva Floyd Lett, Jr. in Dayton, Ohio, on July 23, 1948. Together they traveled and lived in numerous places while he completed his career in the US Air Force, retiring as a Major.

In 1964, they purchased 37 acres of land south of Burleson, Texas, and continued adding parcels of land and developing the property into the Lett Arabian Ranch. They were known nationally for their training, breeding program and support of Arabian horses. With Alan R. Morgan, whom they regarded as a son, they founded the Legacy Arabian Horse Club, a non-profit organization to promote the Arabian horse breed. After Al’s death in 1992, she continued the ranch operations, teaching dressage, horsemanship and boarding horses of all breeds. In recent years she raised cattle along with various types of fowl such as guineas, turkeys and exotic species of peacocks.

The Arellano family has participated in the ranch operation for two generations, and cousins, Elias, David and Jesse Arellano have been the primary care givers for Mrs. Lett, allowing her to remain on the ranch and live in the home she and Al shared.

Survivors include her brother, Alfred J. Johnson, of Atlanta; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Laurel Land Funeral Home, in Fort Worth, is handling the arrangements. 817293-1350

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278