Lizzie Mae Dailey sews for entertainment

Published 12:28 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2007

By Staff
Senior Living
(This week The Atmore Advance spotlights 77-year-old Lizzie Mae Dailey. Dailey enjoys sewing quilts in her spare time. She also likes watching game shows on TV.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born on May 6, 1930 in Escambia County.
Q: Who were your parents?
A: Richard and Mary Jackson.
Q: Where were your parents from?
A: My mom was from Monroe County and my dad was from Conecuh County.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: Yes, I have two brothers left. I had six brothers and two sisters.
Q: Who are your siblings still living?
A: Willie Jackson and Nathaniel Jackson. They both live in Akron, Ohio.
Q: Do you get to see them often?
A: Not very much, maybe once a year.
Q: Where did you attend high school and college?
A: Here in Escambia County. I went to Freemanville and then Atmore. I went through the 10th grade.
Q: Do you do a lot of traveling?
A: Not now. I used to travel a pretty good bit.
Q: Where all did you travel?
A: My biggest trip was to Italy. My daughter's in the service so we went there. We visited many places.
I've been to Hattiesburg, Penn. several times and to Akron, Ohio.
Q: What jobs have you held?
A: At first I worked in the field, hauling and field labor. I worked at Vanity Fair for many years and I drove school buses.
Q: What job did you retire from?
A: The school buses. I retired from there in the '80s.
Q: Did you ever marry?
A: Yes. My husband is Jethro.
Q: Where is he from?
A: From Conecuh County.
Q: How long have you two been married?
A: We've been married 60 years. All of our 11 children and grandchildren were at our anniversary party. They gave us a glorious time at the recreation center at our church.
Q: Do you have any children or grandchildren?
A: I had 11 children, all of them are still living.
Last time I counted I had 27 or 28 grandchildren and I have about 12 great grandchildren.
Q: Do you get to see them often?
A: Yes.
Q: Where do you attend church?
A: Mt. Gillard Baptist Church. I've been going there all my days.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: Sewing, I love to sew, and going from house to house, my childrens' houses. About eight of them live around here.
I used to make wedding dresses and other dresses. I stopped doing that and started doing quilts. That's what I do now when I have the chance to.
Q: Do you come to the SAIL Center often?
A: I come about three times a week.
Q: What's your favorite TV show?
A: "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy" and "The Price is Right."
Q: Do you cook a lot?
A: Not much now, I used to.
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: I love turnip greens. Vegetables are my favorite food.
Q: What advice would you like to give people on staying healthy?
A: Exercise and eat the right food.
(If you would like to recommend a senior to be spotlighted please contact Adrienne McKenzie at 368-2123 or e-mail her at

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox