Resident Spotlight: Annie Grier


Posted by Kia Crawford on September 17th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Annie grew up in Roanoke Alabama in a very rural area. Her father was a farmer and Annie remembers working on that farm picking cotton, milking the cow and doing other chores.  Annie was the next to the youngest daughter in a family of 5 girls.  When Annie graduated from high school she moved from Roanoke Alabama to LaGrange, Georgia to work in a cotton mill.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Annie states that when she was growing up she had to work hard in her family’s fields chopping and picking cotton and so she didn’t have much time to play.  She does remember her Mother making a ball out of thread that she and her sisters played with.  Her mother would sometimes help them catch June bugs and tie the thread to its leg to watch the bug fly around, without it being able to fly away.  She has good memories of walking down the road about a half mile to the church that her father helped build.  She always enjoyed church services, and knew everyone there.  She attended school in a one room schoolhouse.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  While in LaGrange, Annie would often go to friends homes on Thursday nights for gospel singing.  One of those nights  she met her future husband William A. Grier.  They knew each other about 2 years and then got married on February 16, 1951 at his parent’s home.  Over the years, due to her husband’s jobs, they moved  to Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia.  They had 2 daughters Debbie and Rhonda, who gave them her 3 grandchildren who gave her 6 great grandchildren.  Annie also kept about a dozen foster children over the years her own children were growing up.

Did you have a profession?  Annie went to nursing school in her late 40’s and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She worked at Crawford Long Hospital for 14 years before retiring.  After two years of retirement, se decided she wanted to go back to work, and worked another 14 years at Starcrest Nursing Home of McDonough.  Her final retirement was at age 79, well after she was pronounced legally blind.  She did not let the lack of vision handicap her.

Which accomplishments in life do you feel most proud?  Annie states that she was most proud of going back to school so late in life and becoming a nurse.  She enjoyed her career of helping others feel better.  She is also proud of her family.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone just graduating from college?  Annie advice is to find the best job you can, even if you have to start at the bottom, be dedicated to it, and put your heart into it.  Always do your best.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone just starting a family?  Annie’s advice is to be sure you are ready for a family before you start one, and that love is what is needed for a happy family.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?  Annie and her husband had given up their home, and moved into an apartment adjoining her daughter Rhonda’s home.  After awhile Annie’s poor vision, due to Macular Degeneration, and her husband no longer being able to walk independently, brought them and the family to the realization that Annie and her husband needed more care.  Annie and he husband decided they would move into Dogwood Forest on February 12, 2011.  Annie states that she likes Dogwood Forest OK, but would rather be able to take care of herself in her own home.