In Her Words
Candid profiles of strength told by the women of Northbridge
Throughout the month of March we have collaborated to celebrate Women’s History Month and the rich history of the amazing women living in our communities. Their candid stories are brimming over with love, happiness, passion, family values and the markings of individuals who have truly lived well and loved life.
Mary’s Story (Resident of Bayberry at Emerald Court)
What is your name?
Mary Alice Lane
What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
My parents were Joseph and Marion and my siblings are Robert and Dorothy
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Did you have any nicknames?
I am named after my aunt on my mothers side. My nicknames were Mimi and T-Mimi
When and where were you born?
I was born on April 13th, 1939 in Brockton, MA
What kinds of things did you do when you were young?
My aunt owned a house on the beach in Marshfield and we would spend time there during the summer.
What did you love to do with your friends?
We played pretend. I remember my pretend horse was named Surefoot and my friend Sandy’s pretend horse was named Trigger.
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects?
I attended Huntington and Brockton High School and my favorite subjects were Art and Music.
Where have you lived?
I have lived in Brockton MA, Bayshore Long Island, Lexington MA, and Southeastern
Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
I played piano for a dance school when I was 13-15 years old. I was a waitress at Toll House restaurant and sang in a band for 6 years. I was a teacher for 38 years total working at both Bayshore and Brockton- I taught 4th grade and worked in the library.
What are your hidden talents?
I can sing Swanee River very fast and I also tap dance!
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
I always asked my aunt for advice.
Do you have any holiday traditions? What do you do for the holidays?
I go to my sisters house for Christmas where they open presents and host dinner.
What are some of your favorite things?
Flower- I like all flowers
Books- I enjoy mystery books
Song-I love music, I accompanied all the music groups in high school. The groups name was The Galloniers
Foods- Pizza and ice cream
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
Working with children and talking to them like adults and never talking down to them.
What are your favorite things to do now?
What are your favorite experiences to partake in at your community?
I love going on day trips!
What is your biggest piece of advice?
Make at least one person laugh a day and help one person each day
Sum up your personality in one word...