The 100 / #88: Mae McElvar

#88 Mae McElvar Ellicott City, West Virginia

About Mae

Tell us a little bit about yourself (from Granddaughter, Maili):
Mae McElvar is a girl from Lehighton Pennsylvania. In her youth she was a seamstress and a spitfire. She is known as “Memme” to her 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, but they all fight over the correct spelling of the name (Memie? Memmy?). She has taken to signing birthday cards as “Mem” in what we believe is an attempt to keep us all wondering. I’m telling you, you’ll love her.

What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
“My Children, Grandchildren, and Great grandchildren of course! I’m proud that I raised them to be good people you know? That’s really important.” [I asked her about teaching herself to drive and she starts laughing] “Well I guess that was something too.” (My grandmother wanted to learn to drive, but my grandfather didn’t want her to; so in the middle of the night she would push the car into the road then get it going down hill, then pop the clutch. Talk about a spitfire!)

What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
“I hope to keep my strength long enough to do my own work and to keep my independence.”

What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
“What do you call those things that you kids have?” [Laptops] “I think those things are so amazing!”

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
“To be more patient I think. With the world you know? You can’t have control of the world…”

Side note, I asked her what advice she would give to her 32 year old self, (my age) and she said “I’d say ‘Why did you ever get married!?”

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