Just about any day of the week if you pass the NMMC-Eupora walking track in the late afternoon, you will see a precious lady with a stick in one hand and a visor on her head making her daily lap around the track.
This “young-at-heart” lady is Mary Edith Gore Hancock, and she is 92. She is faithful to always exercise each day by walking to and from the track and walking her one lap to keep her as active as possible. Mrs. Hancock will let you know exactly how old she is and how fortunate she is to not take any prescription meds. “I just take some vitamins, and I am in good health, other than I don’t hear very well,” she said.
Hancock was born April 7, 1920, and married at 15 years old in 1935 to Thomas “A.D.” Hancock, who was 23. They reared a niece and nephew until they were grown, but never had children of their own. She and her husband moved to Arkansas for two years, but returned to Mississippi, and she worked at Wells-Lamont for four years.
“There is no place like Mississippi, she said.”
GLC Volunteer Mr. Hancock died in 1999, and since that time she has filled her days with daily interests of sitting on her carport, reading books and The Clarion-Ledger, working word search puzzles and walking the track each day. She has two cats, but has had as many as seven in past years. Mrs. Hancock enjoys staying active and can still drive her car short distances.
“I have not missed Sunday School at First United Methodist Church in over two years,” she said. She also involves herself in Joy Club at First Baptist monthly and enjoys the food and fellowship with others.
As a community volunteer, Hancock enjoys delivering The Webster Progress-Times weekly to the residents at Golden LivingCenter-Eupora, assisting with removing and delivering activity calendars monthly, and sitting and talking with ladies at the nursing home. In years past, she would play a domino game weekly with residents on Tuesday afternoons.
‘Aunt Mary’ Mrs. Hancock has always been “Aunt Mary” to Paul and Rudell Whitt’s girls, June, Paulette and Mary Lee. She has enjoyed many special occasions with them at holiday gatherings and enjoys phone calls and visits from them frequently. She enjoys sharing a story of how Mary Lee Whitt Johnson, at the age of 2, called her at 2 a.m. on Christmas morning to tell her what Santa Claus brought her.
Some other dear friends that she enjoys reminiscing about are the times spent with Dorothy and Debbie White, who lived across the road from her for years. She states, “They never let a holiday slip by and never forgot to include and take care of me with treats throughout the year. I don’t know why they did so much for me, but I appreciated it all.”
In summary, she said, “Y’all at the nursing home are my family, and I am so fortunate to live as close to the nursing home as I do. I feel welcomed and free to visit as often as I want to.”
LaDonna Caffey, ADC, stated, “Thank you Mrs. Hancock for serving our facility and sharing your effort, time, love and concern with us. It is a pleasure to call you part of our family also.”