They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

"AUNT BETTIE" THOMAS LEFT HER MARK
As a Cherished Friend To All

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Mary Elizabeth Thomas was born in 1839 at Barry Pike County Illinois but moved to Menard Count at the age of 12, with her parents. John and Annis Watkins Thomas.

She grew up near Oakford and married Daniel D. Thomas here in 1864. One daughter, Annis was born to them but lived only fourteen months.

"Aunt Bettie" was noted for her gracious hospitality. Any homeless, lonely, aged, friendless person found a bountiful table and a sincere welcome in Aunt Bettie;s home, especially in the winter months.

No thought of money was involved. It might be said she left her mark in our community by adopting the children of misfortune as her own.

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