Yazell home to be on tour
by MARY L. KIRBY
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MARIE YAZELL, a lady who loves red, has both her master bedroom seen here and her guest bedroom decorated in burgandy, with red featured in other rooms as well. This home on 719 North Street and the homes of David and Nicole Erb and Red and Mary Jones will be on the Historic Upshur Museum's Heritage Home Tour Sunday, May 19.
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Marie Yazell might be described as the Lady who Loves Red, as red or burgundy appears in almost every room of her house at 719 North St. The home is one of three on the Heritage Home Tour which the Historic Upshur Museum will hold on Sunday, May 19, from 2-4 p.m.

Other homes are those of Red and Mary Jones at 1005 Camellia St. and David and Nicole Erb at 1708 Greenway.

In addition, the winner of the raffle to win a night's stay at The Corintian Bed and Breakfast, 4125 Junius Street in Dallas will also be selected before the tour concludes.

Chances for the stay at Sharon Hasten Penfold's B and B are $1, while tickets to the tour are $10. Both are available at the Historic Upshur Museum, 119 Simpson Street, or from HUM board members.

The home on North Street is deceptively large as additions behind an unchanging front line have almost filled the lot. Frank Boyd, a descendant of Mary Mitchell, built the first form of the house in 1946 as North Street opened in this extension of the Mitchell Addition.

W. N. (Neill) Marshall and his wife, Marjorie, lived here from March, 1949 to October, 1949. They sold the home to Foy and Mary Cosby Mathis.

The Mathises raised their family of Manion, Sarah, Mary Jane, and John Mathis, and sold the home in June, 1970, to Royce (Bud) Hudgins II and his wife, Sharon.

From June, 1977 to March, 1979, James and Shirly Taylor occupied the home on North Street, with Ruth McPeek falling in love with its roofline and north porch as the years wore one. She told Travis McPeek how she would love to live there if the house ever came on the market.

One day in March, 1979, Travis came home with a key and gave it to Ruth. It was the key to her dream house and in they moved for the rest of their days.

As their health deteriorated, their son Jim Earl and his wife Ellen remodeled the house to fit two couples. An addition was added on the west side extending to the alley which included a bedroom, a his-and-hers bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi, a utility room, and two-car garage. By the garage they transplanted the rose bush Jim gave Ellen on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Their bedroom has been converted into a den by Mrs. Yazell. The brick for the the fireplace came from Kenneth Stewart's boyhood homeplace.

On the east side of the house, the McPeek's increased the size of the master bedroom to accommodate visitors to his parents, and expanded the bath area.

Today, the south view of the lot from the alley not only reveals these wings, but it also has a picket fence enclosed yard with a stone walk laid by Marie's son, Richard Yazell. Marie proudly protects the now huge pink rose as she debates with the U.S. Postal Service how far to trim it back.

The master bedroom is decorated in burgundy and gold, with curtains complementing the bedspread. In a reading corner, Marie Yazell has a three-tiered what-not table loaded with some of the turtles she has collected since being president of the Hospital Auxiliary for two years. “Slowly but Sureley, We Make a Difference,” was the motto during her term and the turtle the symbol.

Between the master bedroom and the living room is the guest bedroom where a regal four-poster bed stands at a diagonal, the only way it could fit the space. Decorated with portraits of her daughter, this room's burgundy bedspread is awash in large flowers.

Down the hallway two brass doorknobs adorn beige and burgundy plaques: symbols of her years as a Gilmer Elementary teacher.

From the replica door knocker identical with that at Number 10 Downing Street, London, U.K., to some of the decorative crosses on the garden fence, little touches throughout the home tell the story of Marie Yazell's live and interests.

The kitchen is a study in whites while the cream of the dining is accented with red flowers on the table.

In the living room, beige and off white are the dominant shades, but burgundy makes an appearance in the candle collection on the piano and on the mantel. Even the family portrait from the 1970s finds the children wearing some red.
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