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Started by Billie June Keaffaber on Monday, July 5, 2021
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7/5/2021 at 1:25 PM

Hi I found a relative that in obit says she was part of Rebekah lodge I have some questions here. Would that make her Husband part of IOOF ? And how do I find records of this?

Florence Ruey Wright

Billie

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7/5/2021 at 2:22 PM

Hello, Billie June,

It doesn't automatically mean that her husband was a member, no. By the time the Rebekahs were established in Oklahoma, they were no longer an honorary order for female relatives, and were instead their own organization conferring their own degrees.

But it's usually a good bet that a husband was a member, and it's worth exploring more. Keep in mind that the husband may have been a Rebekah, too. Does his obituary mention either organization? Is he by chance buried in an IOOF cemetery? Can you find either of them mentioned in local "society" newspaper pages, which usually shared what was going on with local fraternal and sororal organizations?

Contacting the local lodge is usually the best first option, aside from newspaper research. There's contact info at http://www.ioof.org/IOOF/Jurisdictions/USA/State/IOOF/Jurisdictions... -- though it looks possibly dated.

7/5/2021 at 4:53 PM

Ashley,
The obit mentions Rebekah lodge she was member it said but nothing else. I keep finding stuff like this no information etc. I going to research it through. Have couple of them. I got hold of some Rebekah order in Virginia and need to make some calls etc. I might have to wait bit as son just had his surgery. Thanks for help this first time I researched this organization .

Billie

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