Resident Spotlight: Mickey Maddox


Posted by Kia Crawford on March 10th, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Mickey states that she was born and raised in Wrens, Georgia, on April 6, 1927. She grew up one of the middle children in a family with 8 girls and 3 boys. Today she has 2 sisters living. She received a high school education and she attended Atlanta Business School.

What are some of your favorite memories from childhood? Mickey Maddox-dogwood forest

Mickey states that one of her favorite memories from childhood was that during the summer, her family would make homemade ice cream with a hand-cranked ice cream maker. The older children would crank the ice cream while the younger children would plan, and then everyone would eat the ice cream together. She also remembers that some of her cousins would come to visit and the kids would play and eat together.

What are some of your favorite memories from adulthood?

Mickey states that she met her future husband, Sidney Maddox, in 1949 and they knew each other about 3 months before they got married. They had 4 children – 3 boys and 1 girl. Mickey and Sidney were married from 1949 to 1966 when he died in a car accident. She mainly raised her 4 children on her own. Another good memory from her adulthood was when Mickey and one of her sisters went to Texas to visit another sister for about 1 week. She remembers having a good time, visiting and talking.

Did you have a profession?

Mickey states that she was a secretary at Ft. Gillem in the Atlanta area for 42-plus years. Mickey said she really enjoyed her work.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Mickey states that she is most proud of her children and the fine people that they have become. She states that her youngest child was 3 years old when her husband died and so she mostly had to raise her children by herself with the help of friends and family.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is graduating college?

Mickey states that she would say that person needs to really enjoy the work that they do. You spend a lot of your life at work, so it is important to like what you do.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?

The only advice that she would give is that you need to be prepared to stay up late at night a lot when you have children. Mickey states that she is not very good at giving advice to other people.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?

Mickey’s family states that prior to admission to Dogwood Forest, Mickey was living on her own in her own home in Conley, Georgia, near Forest Park and the family was concerned about Mickey’s safety at home and Mickey not eating properly at home. Mickey’s granddaughter checked out several communities and then showed Dogwood Forest to Mickey’s son and daughter-in-law and they felt good about Mickey coming to Dogwood Forest. Mickey stayed in her room a lot at first and didn’t want to interact much with others, but after a week or two she got to know other residents and started getting involved in activities and now Mickey is content and satisfied at Dogwood Forest. Mickey states that she likes it a lot now with her being good friends with another resident that lives near her and they spend a lot of the day together.