Leila Alma Vaughan was my father’s first cousin. Her mother, Florence Imogene Mabry and my father’s mother, Lois Ellen Mabry were sisters.
- Benjamin Franklin Mabry (1847–1925) m. Delilah Josephine Foster (1860–1935)
- Florence Imogene Mabry (1882–1974) m. Luther Lafayette Vaughan (1881–1936)
- Leila Alma Vaughan (1905–2002) m. Leonard Lewis Smith (1892–1949)
I met Leila Alma Vaughn Smith when she was in her nineties. My dad called her Aunt Alma even though they were cousins. She was a wonderful lady. She was kind and patient with me and didn’t mind the many questions I asked her about our family history.
She gave me a photograph of her grandmother Delilah Josephine Foster, who was my great grandmother. I had too few visits with cousin Alma before her final illness and death. One of the things that she gave to me that I will always treasure was her story of her recollections of her childhood. My brother posted it on his website and I include it below: