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Mary Branch Grimsley
Mary Branch Grimsley
Cedartown, GA
79 Years Young






Tell us about your family and your accomplishments.

  • My parents lived on a farm in Haralson County.  There were 8 girls and 1 boy in my family. I finished high school in Tallapoosa.
  • I “come up pretty hard.”  As a young girl I was called “Daddy’s plow boy” because I helped him with the farm chores.
  • A manager at Rosie’s 10 cent Store in Cedartown wanted me to work, but Daddy needed me through the summer.  I got to start work there the first of November with the understanding that I would take the money home until I turned 18.  I didn’t mind doing that because my parents were good to me. I remember I had to get my social security card if I were to work there.
  • I married a few years later and we lived in Cedartown.  We had 3 daughters.
  • Over the years I worked at Cummings and Martin Furniture Co, taught school and worked at Arrow Plant for 23 ½ years.  After retirement from Arrow, I worked at the post office for 8 ½ years.
  • I like being busy, and recently fed and watered my daughter’s horses and cleaned the stalls.  I was proud to do this and my daughter paid me.
  • My first husband and I vacationed in Hawaii.
  • Recently, I met Lacy Grimsley at the Center.  He was coming to walk and exercise. On January 12, 2008 we were married in a quiet, small ceremony in my home.

Do you visit a senior center?

Yes. Cedartown, Polk County.

How long have you been attending the center?

About 19 years.

What made you start going to the center?

My first husband and I started coming when I turned 60 because we wanted something to do.  My new husband and I come together now.

What kinds of activities do you enjoy at the center

Dominos, cards, the trips, bowling.  I participate in the exercise and other programs.  The Center encourages me to continue to be very active. I also like to ride my bicycle on the Silver Comet Trail and I walk regularly.

How has the center helped you Age Well and Live Well?

 Something to get up for.  I enjoy the people and the activities.

Do you volunteer at your senior center or at other community organizations?
I help lead the exercises and help serve the food at the Center.  I give rides on the golf cart down the Silver Comet Trail.  I come by the Center and pick up people who want to go.
What advice would you give to young people today on how to live a good long life?

Stay active.








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