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Mary Clyde (Wilson) Bettge, a native of Bradfordsville and well known to many in Marion County passed away recently on Dec. 12, 2012 in north Virginia. Her passion was genealogy and that’s how we met in 1996. It’s ironic that my “letter to the editor” in October of 1996 thanking the community of Lebanon for their assistance and friendliness, when I was stranded for a long weekend due to car trouble, caught Mary Clyde’s eye.
I had mentioned I was doing research on the Edmondson, Vaughn and Hoover families. Mary Clyde then wrote to me stating we might be related on the Vaughn side. As it turned out, her great-grandmother, Dicey (Vaughn) Wilson Sandusky was the younger sister of my great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Vaughn) Edmondson, both of the Bradfordsville area. So began our 16-year friendship as distant cousins.
Mary Clyde was a delight to know and so willing to share her immense knowledge on family history.
She told me that Elizabeth (Vaughn) Edmonson was buried in “Old Liberty” Cemetery. Both story tellers, we would recount the stories we heard from our elders, which we were trying to authenticate. The old adage “When an elder passes, it’s like a library closing” is especially true concerning Mary Clyde.
Since I didn’t get to say good-bye, I write this tribute to her. One day we’ll meet again and continue our storytelling.
Kathy (Hoover) Voxland