A life is gone, but a legacy continues in the lives of the 17 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, that Fay Joyce Butler brought into the world through the generational links from six of her seven children.

Known as “Bright Star,” a member of the Mohican Nation Tribe, all of the descendents bare a trace of her existence. They will carry, with them, memories of a life spent honoring where they came from.

“We are literally the last of the Mohicans,” said her daughter, Ione Maze. “There are as few as 3,000 of us left. We have literally diminished so much, and there were so few of us, that we had to band with another tribe from upstate New York. Our mother’s mother was White Dove and those stories of our past, that’s all we have left.”

The funeral services brought together a family, traced back to well before the founding of the country, where relatives and friends came together to pay their respects, at the services in Arab last week, for this cultured Brindlee Mountain resident, who represented a proud and persevering people.

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