"Looking back on my life of 105 years, I am proud that I worked toward and continue to maintain my independence. I still live in my own home, with the help of an aid, my daughter and Mobile Meals delivered to me every day. I understand how important it is to offer community programs that support our residents, and Mobile Meals has become my resource as my health and mobility have declined.
My commitment to our community over the last century has been focused on education and teaching. After graduating from high school, college, and later receiving a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, I spent almost 40 years teaching Norfolk’s youth. And in the 1950’s, I was promoted to principal of the newly built Lindenwood Elementary school until I retired in 1970.
My late husband, Arnett, passed away in 1957 and I never remarried because I felt that if the Lord wanted me to have a husband, he would have let me keep the one I had. But I am blessed with my daughter, a son-in-law, one grandson and three great-grandsons.
I have witnessed the growth of the city of Norfolk and the Tidewater area. I have seen cobblestone streets become major highways, and I have witnessed the desegregation of schools, businesses, churches and hospitals. It brings me joy knowing that the community to which I have dedicated my life now allows me to live as an independent senior. Thank you for your support of this wonderful program."