I've got numerous taped interviews with her which document our discussions and it was very frustrating that we could not convince her how important these things were. Instead, Jim's artifacts are scattered to the winds and a lot of them are in the hands of hoarders.
It also would have made more sense to strike a deal with Terry Davis, Mary's second husband, so he would ride off into the sunset, instead of engaging in a protracted legal battle that drained the estate of hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees such that it is now worth a fraction of what it originally was. Being spiteful is self defeating. Being practical minded would have been a better legal strategy in the long run.
So what has been accomplished? It's nice that Mary's wishes will be carried out and she will be buried in Carthage with Jim. But so many of the priceless artifacts that both Jim and Mary spent decades preserving were ultimately lost, while heirs on BOTH the White and Reeves side sat idly by and let that happen.
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