Mary Belle Lawson

Mary Belle Lawson

Female 1880 - 1987

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  • Name  Mary Belle Lawson 
    Born  1 Dec 1880  , Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  21 Feb 1987  Lexington, Fayette, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  23 Feb 1987  Antioch Cemetery, Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I21397  All Family Connections
    Last Modified  15 May 2013 

    Father  Carter Lawson,   b. 1816, , , VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1892, , Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Gaines "Polly" Luttrell,   b. 20 May 1857, , Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1949, , Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Jan 1875  , Casey, KY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7640  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • At the time of her death in 1987 (at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY), she was Casey County's oldest citizen at the age of 106. From her obituary:
      "...Glen Thompson, one of Mrs. Thompson's grandsons, said his most vivid memory of his grandmother were the many trips she made on foot to Liberty. Thompson said he recalls his grandmother frequently walking the 4-mile distance from her home on Calhoun Creek to Liberty. Mrs. Thompson made these walks even when she was in her 90's, he said. 'All of us in the family and even the neighbors would give her rides to town when we were going into town but she would walk to town herself if we weren't available. Whenever she was ready to go, she was gone,' said Thompson of his grandmother.
      "Thompson also recalls that Mrs. Thompson's family included five generations at the time of her death...
      "She was a housewife and a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church..."
      Mary Belle lived for a time with her daughter Beulah Thompson Bussell in Lexington. The Kentucky Herald published an article about her on her 100th birthday, which includes the following:
      "According to her daughter, Beulah Bussell, with whom she lives, Mrs. Thompson stays active, walking to the neighborhood store from time to time. When she was still living in Casey County, she would walk to visit her 81-year old son Sylvester. That's the secret of long life, she says: 'Workin' and walkin'.'
      Mrs. Thompson also enjoys television, especially soap operas....Mrs. Thompson and her late husband, Joe, had 11 children, 75 grandchildren, and at last count over 150 great grandchildren...."
      Received a birthday card from President Jimmy Carter on her 100th birthday. She told her great grandson Randy Campbell that day that when her father Carter Lawson Sr., was in his last illness, he called her to his bedside and said to her, "Mary, you been a good girl and done everything I told you, and I hope you live to be 100."
      From another Casey County News article written about Mary Belle when she was almost 103, "She's in pretty good health,' says Sylvester, her son who will be 84 years old in October. 'You'd be surprised to see how well she can walk with her cane. She feeds herself and eats hearty. Her eyesight is pretty good. And considering her age, her memory is good.'.......'She always got plenty of exercise, which is probably one big reason why she's lived to be 102,' Glenn [Thompson, her grandson] says. 'She was never in the hospital until she was in her 90's.'.....Sylvester says his mother was a Lawson from Turner Ridge, 'and her people are long-life people, but I never thought she'd live to be this old. And at 102, she's really happy to be living.'"

      Obit
      County's oldest citizen dies Saturday at 106
      Mary Belle Thompson of Route 5, Liberty, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1987 at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.
      At 106 years old, she was the county's oldest citizen.
      Glen Thompson, one of Mrs. Thompson's grandsons, said hs most vivid memory of his grandmother were the many trips she made on foot to Liberty.
      Thompson said he recalls his grandmother frequently walking the four-mile distance from her home on Calhoun Creek to Liberty. Mrs. Thompson made these walks even when she was in her 90s, he said.
      "All of us in the family and even the neighbors would give her rides to town when we were going into town but she would walk to town herself if we weren't availabe. Whenever she was ready to go, she was gone," said Thompson of his grandmother.
      Thompson also recalls that Mrs. Thompson's family included five generations at the time of her death.
      Born in Casey County on Dec. 1, 1880, she was the daughter of the late Carter and Polly Luttrell Lawson.
      She was a housewife and a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church. She was the widow of Jonas Beaden Thompson.
      Survivors include three sons, Sylvester, Otha and Ralph Thompson, all of Liberty; three daughters, Martha Tarter of Liberty, Mary Luttrell of Pine Knot, KY. and Beulah Russell of Lexington; 36 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 52 great-great-grandchildren.
      Five children preceded her in death.
      Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Hershel York officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery.
      Pallbearers were her grandsons.

      Source: posted by RSchnelle1154 Elliott/Cain of Casey & Lincoln Counties, KY family tree ancestry.com