By Faye Gaston
Mary Lois (Arrington) Green was honored on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 on her 90th birthday for being the oldest participant at the Nutrition Site in Union Springs.
All tables held white cloths and were centered with large multibranched decorative silver candelabrum furnished, each holding a bouquet of flowers, furnished by Lydia Anderson.
Site participants brought a delicious pot-luck lunch of fried chicken with many side dishes and desserts. The buffet tables were covered with red cloths.
Lois’ sister, Fran, baked a pound cake and the candles on it made a “9” and “0”. Lois furnished ice cream. The plates and flatware furnished by Lydia Anderson were lovely.
Lois received the traditional one-dollar-bill and five-dollar bills from her fellow senior citizens to make a birthday corsage. She had bags of birthday gifts from friends.
Her regular lunch table held her birthday cake, birthday balloon, and bags of birthday gifts. Her regular lunch partners were seated at her table that include several from her Sunday School class. Sally Hall stopped by to wish her Happy Birthday.
The Rev. Henry H. Rodgers gave the devotional in her honor using a Bible text about senior citizens, and led the singing of “Happy Birthday”. Her Sunday School teacher, Anne Brabham, honored Lois with the text of Proverbs 31 about a model woman. Lily Williams spoke about praying with and for Lois during a serious illness. Faye Gaston gave information about her life as follows.
Lois was born on February 24, 1925 to Marvin and Corene Arrington in the Corinth community. She was the middle child, number five of nine children.
She met her husband, Dewey Green, at Corinth School where Hank Williams and his band played the music for the square dance.
Dewey had a dance parter and Lois had a dance partner. Dewey asked someone, “Who is that girl in the pink dress?” They were introduced and then went on their first date to supper and to dance at the “Aloma”. They were married in 1947 for 45 years until his death in 1992.
Lois began coming to the Nutrition Site in 1992. For years she served in the kitchen as a volunteer from 8:00 a.m. until after 12:00 noon every day until some health problems slowed her down some.
She is an inspiration to everyone at the Nutrition Site with her optimistic attitude and her walking the treadmill for 30 minutes every day.
Then for another 30 minutes she joins in the group exercises.
She loves to fish and garden, growing corn, peas and tomatoes.
She just planted two peach trees and has ordered a pear tree that the ad claims to grow three different kinds of pears that ripen in different months.
She cuts grass with her riding lawnmower and then does the trim work with a smaller mower.
This big party was a way to show how much Lois is appreciated by her fellow senior citizens.
The party committee was Lydia Anderson, Lily Williams, Faye Gaston and Anne Brabham.