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Meet Mary Cook


Mary Cook was born in 1910 and raised in Connellsville, Pennsylvania as a middle child of ten. She lived the majority of her adult life in Nashville, Ten

nessee and moved here to Arizona as a Senior Citizen in the 1990’s.  She believes her proper diet as a child, her strong faith, enjoyment of others, and continued doing for others have led to her longevity.  She can still recite poems she learned when young with much delight for her and the listener. As a child, her church would host a dance every Friday night, and because of this, five couples ended up getting married. She has always loved to dance and sing. Mary learned to sew as a young girl, making most of her own clothes. 

As she aged she began sewing for family and friends. She has made several quilts which are all given away or sold. She reminisced about a yo-yo quilt she made and sold on consignment for her church back in Tennessee, which brought $1,000. Not to be dissuaded by failing eyesight, she continues to make small bags and aprons from fabric bought at thrift stores, all sewn by hand as she can no longer see well enough to use a machine.

Don’t mistake this “young lady” for a sedentary person. Mary takes a brisk walk around the grounds daily.  When not visiting with friends, family, and anyone who comes to call, she is busy sewing, crocheting or knitting.

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