Mary Nell Betterton

23 December 1931–22 January 1985 (Age 53)
Butler, Alabama, United States

The Life of Mary Nell

When Mary Nell Betterton was born on 23 December 1931, in Butler, Alabama, United States, her father, Willie Frank Betterton Sr, was 37 and her mother, Lula Mae Nalls, was 33. She married Curtis Jackson Scruggs on 4 March 1950, in Alabama, United States. She lived in Bolling, Butler, Alabama, United States in 1940. She died on 22 January 1985, at the age of 53, and was buried in Starlington, Butler, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Curtis Jackson Scruggs
Mary Nell Betterton
Marriage: 4 March 1950

Spouse and Children

4 March 1950
Alabama, United States

Parents and Siblings




    John Betterton


    Grace Betterton



    Ethel Jewel Betterton


+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1941 · The Tuskegee Airmen

Age 10

The first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps were known as the Tuskegee Airmen, after the Tuskegee Army Air Field where they trained. The group flew over 15,000 individual sorties during World War II which earned them over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 16

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Berkshire named Betterton, probably from an Old English personal name Bēthere + -ing- (implying association) + tūn ‘settlement’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Mary Nell Betterton in household of Cecil Betterton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary Nell Betterton in entry for Roy Tony Stinson and Mary Ann Scruggs, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Nell Betterton in entry for Charles Franklin Smith and Anne Scruggs, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

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