Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for Mary Susannah BEST


A granddaughter said she was an active lady up until her 90s, drinking black boiled coffee from morning till night and hoeing weeds.

Following John's death she and daughter, Grace, took over the farm. They mended fences, milked cows, raised a truck garden and sold vegetables and produce at the Farm Women's Market in El Reno every Saturday.

However, on 2/3/1920, shortly after John's death, the census shows son Delbert as head of the household. Mary was 64, Grace was 36.

By 4/16/1930 Delbert had moved out and Mary was again head of the house at age 74 with daughter Grace, 46, and grandson, John, 19. She and Grace were farmers while John was farm laborer, probably helping them out. Mary owned the home the lived in.

Her death occured after breaking a hip.

She was buried beside husband, John.
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