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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the puzzle of Mary Louise (Lefler) Gipson Ethridge. Didn’t know much about her, and had very few records.

Since that post (due to a thoughtful and smart cousin), I’ve since received a death notice and an obituary from The News Leader newspaper in Miami.

Mary (Lefler) Gipson Ethridge Obituary, cropped.

Mary (Lefler) Gipson Ethridge Obituary, cropped.1

Mary L. Ethridge
Mary L. Ethridge, 63, Rt. 2, Homestead, died Dec. 13 [1965].

She is survived by her husband, Nagel M.; daughter, Mrs. J. T. Smedley; brother, Lloyd Wilson, three sisters, Mrs. Vestus Rouse, Mrs. Kathleen Golden and Mrs. Irene Henry, and three grandchildren.

She came here in 1961 from Marked Tree, Ark.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Philbrick-Coral Gables Chapel. Burial will be in Flagler Memorial Park.

It lists four siblings, one brother and three sisters:

  1. Lloyd Wilson
  2. Mrs. Vestus Rouse
  3. Mrs. Kathleen Golden
  4. Mrs. Irene Henry

Of course the girls are listed under their married names. But the supposed brother’s surname is Wilson? This is not the maiden name listed on her marriage bond record from 1920. Or perhaps Lefler is not her maiden name, maybe she was married previous to this? She was 18 when this form was completed. It could be possible.

Or he could be a half or step sibling. More clues with three sisters’s names, and more mysteries to be solved.

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