Readers helped locate Bible’s owner

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The long arm of the law has absolutely nothing on The Natchez Democrat!

So many good-hearted Natchezians, in particular Ed Foley and Diane Cox, telephoned after my letter was published in the newspaper to say they were trying to find out the whereabouts of Audrey Shields, and to pass along entertaining stories of the sisters, Mabel (who is now deceased) and Audrey, in their younger days.

Audrey Shields now lives in Johnson City, Tenn., and within a few days of your publishing the letter, “Is your family missing a Bible,” called to say she had received telephone calls “from everywhere” regarding her 63-year-old Bible.

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We were not able to ascertain how my father came to have it, but Ms. Shields was delighted when told that I would mail the Bible to her the next day, which I did.

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Natchezians obviously are still as I remember — gracious, neighborly and above all, kind.

My heart, and surely that of Ms. Shields, thanks The Natchez Democrat and all who were instrumental in this successful endeavor to reunite Audrey Shields with the Bible given to her by her sister Mabel 63 years ago!

Best wishes and God bless.


Erma Carroll Lindsay

Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., resident