Mary Williamson had been visiting Ocracoke since the early 1950's and was a regular participant in our old-time July 4th parade. Many of our readers will remember her decked out in red, white, & blue, riding in her wheelchair alongside other members of her extended family.
I received this email message yesterday:
"I just wanted to let you and others on the island know that Mary Williamson passed away on Wednesday, 5 October 2005. She was at home with her children and her nurses who cared for her so many years. We have requested that friends and family make donations to the Ocracoke Preservation Society in her name. I am so glad she was able to ride in the parade one last time. Thank you for your help and the Lyons family for making this possible for our family. The family will see you in the summer and plan to march once again in her memory. She loved coming to the island....
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old August Storm of 1899, published September 15, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news091505.htm.