“My Mom, Verta Dodson”

Verta Mae Mitchell was 15 when her mother died of typhoid fever, leaving her to care for her brothers and sisters, the youngest of which was not yet 2 years old. In 1925 she married Clem Dodson, and over the years they raised eleven children.  Early on Verta became a quilter, “first out of necessity and later for the joy of working with shapes and colors to create something useful, a joy she would pass on to her daughters.” When Verta Mae’s daughter, Nelda Sue, married, Verta made her a Double Wedding Ring quilt.
Nelda Sue, now Sue Steward, said her mother “made lots of quilts in her lifetime. [I] wish I knew how to calculate how many she might have made!”  October 23, Sue will talk about her mother and the numerous quilts her mother made in her lifetime; her “celebrity” family member, a sidekick of Gene Autry, and actor who played Mr. Haney in the television series, Green Acres; as well as some DNA results “which helped us in our family genealogy, but also stirred up some things we thought we knew!”
Quilt and genealogy talks are FREE and open to the public. Tuesday, October 23, 1:30 - 2:30pm. Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford. For information call 541-512-2340, email, or stop by the library in person. For a complete list of events, visit

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