eudora catherine (dodie) gunnels williford

Dodie married Joseph Henry Williford. They had the following children:

i. Paula Vida (1877-1927)
ii. Luther
iii. Charles (-1904)

Dodie died after 1925. "She told her husband before dying she wanted him to marry Eula Whaley [her half or step sister] - - She wanted her to be the children's mother."

letter from Eudora Catherine Williford; Mrs. M. W. Carter, Odessa, Florida

dodie family tree


They know so soon afterwards vanishingly little about you.
My parents, who never forgot my birthday, are less
than even names to those who now live in the valley
we thought was ours from God forever more.
My husband, a doctor, and, so, well acquainted with death,
insisted we write all the big dates in the Bible.
We did, recording our parents' particulars
and those of our children, but then The Book was lost.
All of my hopes, the colours of my favourite gowns,
and my fears for Father's fury — and how I wrote —
all these are as lost as my date of death, and my tombstone.

from Oak and Mimosa by Alan Reynolds