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Posey honored with DAR marker

In honor of her service to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Stella Wedgeworth’s daughter, Caroline Wedgeworth Posey, placed a DAR marker on her mother’s gravesite following her death in 1998.

Now, after the death of Posey, who died in 2013, Vicksburg’s Ashmead Chapter of the DAR will follow suit and place a marker on Posey’s grave Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The DAR marker honors the deceased member’s dedication to the historic, educational and patriotic objectives of the DAR. It is a tangible tribute to the member’s service and pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.

“The DAR meant so much to Caroline,” said Caroline Posey’s husband, Mark Posey.

Both mother and daughter became members of the Ashmead Chapter on Oct. 11, 1997, after Mark Posey’s mother, Betty Drake — who was serving as the state DAR genealogist at the time — researched the family tree to determine her daughter-in-law’s family’s eligibility.

Any woman 18 years or older who can document lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR.

Lauren, Caroline Posey’s daughter, who was 12 years old at the time, did all the computer work to submit her mother’s and grandmother’s applications to the DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1997.

After becoming members, both Wedgeworth and Posey went on to serve as officers of the local chapter.

Caroline Posey, who was the administrative assistant to the commander for the 412th Theatre Engineer Command, served as National Defense chairperson for the Ashmead Chapter, while her mother was the chapter scrapbook chairman.

“Caroline was an active member of our chapter who made contributions in so many ways. It is with great reverence that we place this marker on Caroline’s grave and we do so in loving memory of a valuable, special DAR member,” Ashmead Chapter, NSDAR Regent, Bobbie Beyers Edwards said.

Mark Posey, whose mother is still a DAR member, was also happy to see his wife’s memory honored.

“I am proud for my family — my wife and her mother were DAR members. Caroline would be honored to have this marker placed in her memory, just as her mother was honored in the same way,” Mark Posey said.

The Vicksburg Ashmead Chapter was founded on Dec. 16, 1931.

The chapter’s namesake is Samuel Ashmead, who served as a soldier in the 3rd Pennsylvania Continental lines during the American Revolution and died in 1778 from wounds received in active service.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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