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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ McLaughlin: Legacy of Service
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Monday, April 29, 2013 8:55 PM

Look around Lawrenceburg, Greendale or Dearborn County and you would be hard pressed to NOT find something in which Elizabeth “Betty” McLaughlin was involved.

She was a co-founder of the Youth Encouragement Services Home, which helps youngsters who have been

placed there by the Department of Children’s Services; a co-founder of the Dearborn Adult Center; a former member of the Lawrenceburg Community School Board; a former Lawrenceburg Library board member; social worker; wife and mother.

McLaughlin died Thursday, April 25, at age 98. Daughter Mary Beth Hedrick acknowledges the past few years were hard on her mother. “She was struggling a bit there at the end, so it was OK to let her go. I didn’t think that would happen. We were spoiled to have her for 98 years.”

Many folks knew her as Betty Mac, but she began life as Elizabeth Harry, the daughter of Elmer George and Georgia Kunz Harry in downtown Lawrenceburg Dec. 17, 1914.