From a special edition of the Scott County Advertiser newspaper of 3 April 1991, entitled "A Salute to Scott County Citizens 90 Years and Over." The interviews were done as part of a celebration of the Bank of Waldron's 90th anniversary.


Elizabeth "Betty" Piles was born in Perry, Oklahoma March 7, 1899, to John Andrew Jackson and Virginia (McClain) McQuery. Her parents moved from Oklahoma to a homestead on Henry Mountain before moving to Waldron proper. She married W.B. Piles September 8, 1924, at the age of 25. Their children are Betty Holter and Billie R. Dalton of Waldron, Tommy Piles (deceased at age 10 days) and two adopted sons, James Patrick McQuery of Wichita, Kansas, and Terral Robertson of Waldron. Ms. Piles has 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She attended school in Scott County and also taught school here and in California before she married. She later owned and operated Waldron Flower & Gift Shop for several years, and worked for Strout Realty for 15 years. She is past president and a lifetime member of the PTA, and is a past member of the Waldron Garden Club. She enjoys going to the Senior Citizens Center and thinks of herself as a recycled teenager.

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