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Betty Etma Mordecai Bardon
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1903
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2004
Fayette County
Alabama, USA

Etma was the daughter of George Thomas and Viola Jane "Faulkner" Mordecai. She married Isaac Raymond Bardon on 5 Dec 1943. They had one child, a daughter. She was born in the Bethlehem community in Lamar Co., AL. Etma was the ggg granddaughter of Moses Mordecai of Bonn, Germany and the former Elizabeth Whitlock from England, who changed her name to Esther when she converted to the Jewish faith. They arrived in Philadelphia in 1760.
As a child, Etma walked two miles to attend Bethlehem school in the community. The building was also used for church services and Masonic lodge meetings. The school had two teachers, one for the lower grades downstairs, and another for the higher grades upstairs. The school went through the eighth grade, and a curtain was used to separate the grades. There were no desks, only church pews. The older boys kept a fire going in the heater, which would burn coal or wood. The students drank from a spring down the hill from the school. They took turns drinking from a dipper that hung in a tree. The dipper was a hollowed-out gourd.
While Etma was attending this school, she rode in a car for the first time. A man scouting for timber passed through in his Ford Model T. Because nobody in the area had a motor vehicle, most of the students had never even seen one, much less ridden in one. So the man told the teachers he would take them for a ride. The children were amazed at riding in something besides a mule-drawn wagon, that ran on its own power, and they wondered how it would stop. The man drove them about a mile down the road and back, a few at a time, until all of them had gotten a ride.
As the oldest surviving child, Etma helped her mother with house-keeping, cooking and raising her younger siblings. Entertainment for young people at that time included fruit suppers and playing rook. She attended Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church with her family, traveling by mule-drawn wagon in the early days. She saw many changes during her life. She remembered hearing about news reports on the sinking of the Titanic, as well as soldiers going to war as early as World War I. Being born in 1903, she lived through an era of progress and historical significance. She did not hold a public job until she was in her 60's. She worked as a nursing assistant at the Lamar County nursing home until her mandatoy retirement at age 70. She continued to do home care for elderly patients for many years. Etma was a true Southern Lady who excelled in homemaking, great cooking and always enjoyed family and friends visiting and eating meals. On her 100th birthday party she received a message from President George W. Bush which read, "May you be surrounded by the warmth of happy memories and secure in the knowledge that you continue to make this world a better place for all who love you. God bless you Ms. Etma!"
 
 
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 Parents:
  George Thomas Mordecai (1879 - 1962)
  Viola Jane Faulkner Mordecai (1880 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Isaac Raymond Bardon (1904 - 1987)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alma Adell Mordecai (1902 - 1903)*
  Betty Etma Mordecai Bardon (1903 - 2004)
  Janie Wilma Mordecai (1905 - 1907)*
  Charlie Otis Mordecai (1907 - 1979)*
  Marion Doris Mordecai (1913 - 1980)*
  Isaac Davis Mordecai (1913 - 1991)*
  Eva Loventrice Mordecai Pearce (1918 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Poplar Springs Cemetery
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Ruby Mordecai
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35800198
Betty Etma <i>Mordecai</i> Bardon
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Betty Etma <i>Mordecai</i> Bardon
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