Elizabeth Henderson MichaelsPublished 12:23pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Elizabeth (Lib) Henderson Michaels, 91, of Grace Ridge Retirement Community, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 following a period of declining health.
Born in Polk County, on May 23, 1921, she was the daughter of Cornie Sybert and William Lindsay Henderson and the widow of Robert Frank Michaels who died in 1998. She was an honor graduate of Stearns High School in Columbus and attended Cecil’s Business College, Spartanburg, S.C.
In early 1942 Lib came to Burke County as bookkeeper of Glen Alpine Knitting Mills. After her marriage and the birth of two children, she stayed at home for seven years. She then served eight years in the District Office of NC Veterans Commission before switching to the medical field, where she retired in 1981 after 20 years as office manager for Dr. Beverly D. Hairfield, a local surgeon. During that time she became a charter member of the Burke County Association of Medical Assistants, and was the second Certified Medical Assistant in the County.
In early 1979, she began researching her roots and those of her husband; this soon became a full time hobby. Lib was a charter member of the Burke County Genealogical Society and served in various capacities. In 2007, she was awarded a lifetime honorary membership; she was recently honored at the Society’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. For several years she was a volunteer in the North Carolina Room of the Burke County Public Library. She was also an active member of several other genealogical organizations in North and South Carolina, and an active member of DAR. She is the author of seven family history books and several brief unpublished histories. She has identified over 240 ancestors for her children.
Lib was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and Dorcas Sunday School Class. She served on various committees, including Archives and History Committee and was very interested in establishing an Archives and History Room at the church.