Life and times of Mary Robinson McGinnis"
I graduated in 1951. I remember all too well what I wanted to do upon
graduation I wanted to get married because I was dating my high school
sweetheart and he had gone off to college the year before on a football
scholarship. We did marry that fall and it lasted 27 months. I came
back to Dora with a 13 month old baby boy and
didn't see him again for 22 years. His name, Red Graves., now deceased
I did go to college, first at the University Extension Center, which
is now UAB, Then I attended Howard College, which is now Samford at
a new location. I then finished my undergraduate work at U of A In
Tuscaloosa , evening and night classes, and all this time I worked
at Norwood Hospital (Carraway Methodist) and I forgot that Red Graves
|I stayed single for nine years, studied hard, worked hard and played
hard and stacked up a lot
of memories. I remarried to Charles McGinnis, and we had two boys,
that marriage lasted 14 years, sometime during those years I was recruited
by Alabama Farm Bureau Ins. (now Alfa) well now ya'll know that because
I was your Insurance Agent.
I have 3 sons, Bibb Graves, age 50, Phd Chemical Engineer,divorced,
lives in Houston. Chuck McGinnis will be 40, Sept. 11th, died Feb.
1997, still with me in spirit. Mike McGinnis, age 35, still with me
in person, a salesperson, never married, been dating the same girl
for 4 years. He doesn't actually live with me, but he is spoiled.
I have no grandchildren and at this late date, I don't want any. I
have a 7 year old black long haired cat that weighs 18 lbs. His name
is "Buddy Cat" He was first known as "Dammitt"
and the Vet said if you just have to call him something blasphemes,
think up a new name. Well my last husbands nickname is
Buddy and that's about as close to a "cuss word" that I
know, so Dammitt became Buddy Cat.
Mary with her DHS Cheerlearder Portrait
|I live in Jasper now, have lived in Carbon
Hill, Cordova, Dora and Sumiton, Green Bay Wisconsin, Chicago, Hammond,
Ind. I haven't decided what I want to do when I grow up. I think my
greatest accomplishment was being an Insurance Agent and meeting all
the folks that were my policyholders and I considered them my friends.
I was a varsity cheerleader at Dora for 4 years and that also was
an accomplishment. Getting my MS after age 45, is something of which,
I am very proud. My advice to young people just starting out is to
have goals and to be happy in their lifes work, if you aren't happy
in what you are doing, you will not do it very well. And remember
the grass might be greener on the other side of the fence, but it
is just as hard to mow.