In loving memory of Maybeth Mitchell Ormond:
“Mudder” and “Bach”, the two names for which her grandchildren and great grandchildren referred to her, was called home to our Lord Jesus Christ August 4, 2017 in Hartford, Conn. She lived her life to the fullest and embodied the best of humankind with her generous spirit, curiosity, warmth, good humor and appreciation of a good story. Wherever Maybeth was, true to a line often used in the Society Column she wrote for nearly five decades the Scott County Times, “a good time was had by all.” She chronicled births, deaths, travels, lunches, school trips, college visits, weddings, showers and all the stuff that added magic to small town living. She always appreciated news and kept a notebook by her phone to jot down tidbits to share with her loyal readers. In short, Maybeth saw to it that people around her felt comfortable and did her best to share her love of life with each person she encountered.
Among her many accolades and achievements, she was the first drum major at Forest High School and the May Queen at Belhaven. She traveled the world and made friends wherever she went, including the time she lived in Venezuela. She had a wonderful sense of style and made a point of sharing beauty with those she encountered.
The daughter of the late Loren and Fannie Mitchell of Forest, Miss., Maybeth was born on March 29, 1919, in Athens, Georgia. She was a longtime resident of Forest, Maybeth lived a rewarding and joyous life filled with love from all who surrounded her. Her family had lived in Forest since the time of the Civil War. Her father served in World War I. She was predeceased by her husband, Oliver Ormond, as well as her daughter, Beth Ormond.
She is survived by two devoted daughters: Loren, and her husband, Ben McKibbens, of Point Clear, Alabama, and Jan and her husband, Larry Sherman, of Amston, Conn.; six loving grandchildren, Mitchell McKibbens Roper, and her late husband, Dr. John Roper, Merridy McKibbens Sims and her husband, Terry, Woods McKibbens and his wife, Virginia, Benjamin McKibbens, Jr and his wife, Anna Laurie, Charlie Sherman, and Corinne Sherman Stewart and her husband, Jeffrey; six great-grandchildren, Steele, Spence, Trice, Tyke, Loren Jane and Anne Grace.
Maybeth, over the last decade, shared her life living in the homes of her two loving daughters. Her love and kindness seemed endless, and all who knew her were blessed. She loved her family and friends very much and especially would have wanted to let the citizens of Forest know how much they meant to her.
Visitation will commence at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 7th, at Forest United Methodist Church. There will be an 11 a.m. church service at the church and burial to follow at Eastern Cemetery. The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped celebrate Maybeth’s life.