by Joseph H. RADDER
On December 25, 1999, Mrs. Mary Hankerson of Buffalo celebrated her 100th birthday with help from her friends at the BFNC Moot Senior Center (292 High Street).
The seniors arranged for limousine transportation for Mrs. Hankerson to a special party
in her honor. They also sewed and presented her with a Centennial Celebration dress for
Hankerson was born in Waynesboro, Georgia. She came to Buffalo in 1921 and was employed
as a cleaner at Buffalos City Hall until her retirement in the 1970s. She was one of
the BFNC Moot Centers founding members when it was built at its present site in
1979. Like clockwork, she still visits the Center every Thursday to sing, shop and share
lunch with her friends.
Everyone has their own life to live, said Hankerson. Ive always
tried to do whats right, and to do what I can do to help people...Ive never
been a quitter. Her advice to the younger generation? Theyll do whatever
they like, anyhow, said the sprightly Hankerson. I just hope they do
whats right starting now, and dont wait til theyre 100.
Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.
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