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Amos back in Atmore for friends and family

By Staff
Senior Living
(This week The Atmore Advance spotlights 75-year-old Lois Amos. Amos has the most fun while visiting with her children and grandchildren. She was born in the Atmore area, moved to Monroeville, but came back to Atmore to be closer to her family and friends. Her favorite movie is the "Titanic" and she likes watching "Law &Order.")
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Poarch, it used to be Bell Creek. I was born on Jan. 11, 1932.
Q: Who were your parents?
A: Lonnie and Nancy Rackard, they were from here.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: I have one living brother and one sister, Warnice Anderson and Bill Rackard, they both live here.
Q: Where did you attend high school and college?
A: Uriah, J. U. Blacksher. I got a GED from Faulkner.
Q: Do you do a lot of traveling?
A: I used to, I don't as much now but I used to. I've been to Mexico, Texas, New York, Washington, Virginia and Georgia.
Q: Where was your favorite place to visit?
A: I would say Tennessee. I like Rhode Island but I like Tennessee with the mountains better.
Q: What jobs have you held?
A: Most of my life was Vanity Fair. I retired from there in 1995. I was working in Monroeville when I retired. I worked with product development, the product makers and developers.
Q: Did you ever marry?
A: Yes. I'm not married now.
Q: Do you have any children or grandchildren?
A: I have four children living. Donna, Joyce, Debbie and James. One of my boys passed away.
Q: Where do your children live?
Donna is in Foley, Joyce is in Bratt, Fla., Debbie lives in Georgia and James lives in Monroeville.
Q: Do you get to see your children often?
A: I do, me and the girls went on a cruise in February. It was fun, I enjoyed it.
Q: Where do you attend church?
A: A Pentecostal church at Poarch.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: Everything. When I lived in Monroeville I worked with senior citizens. I don't do as much now.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: My children and grandchildren are the most fun I ever have.
Q: Do you come to the SAIL Center often?
A: This is my first time. I just moved down here in August of last year and haven't gotten involved in too much, but decided it was time to get involved. Right now I'm helping quilt. I have arthritis but I thought I'd try.
Q: What made you decide to move back to Atmore?
A: I was living in Monroeville by myself. I live closer to my children here and I have more friends down here. I was working with the senior citizens in Monroeville and it was getting the best of me. I was taking one lady three times a week to the cancer center for treatment, one day I walked in and she had died.
Q: What's your favorite TV show?
A: I'm not a TV watcher. Usually it's fiction if I watch it, like "Law &Order." I have some favorite soap operas, but mostly it's the news.
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: Sweets, that's the worst thing for you, but I love them.
Q: Do you cook a lot?
A: No, I love to cook, but if I don't have anybody to cook for it's a waste.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I guess "Titanic."
Q: What advice would you like to give people on staying healthy?
A: I think staying active.
(If you would like to recommend a senior to be spotlighted please contact Adrienne McKenzie at 368-2123 or e-mail her at lifestyles@atmoreadvance.com)