February 2000

Mary Hankerson

by Joseph H. RADDER

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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 the occasion.

Hankerson was born in Waynesboro, Georgia. She came to Buffalo in 1921 and was employed as a cleaner at Buffalo’s City Hall until her retirement in the 1970s. She was one of the BFNC Moot Center’s 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. “I’ve always tried to do what’s right, and to do what I can do to help people...I’ve never been a quitter.” Her advice to the younger generation? “They’ll do whatever they like, anyhow,” said the sprightly Hankerson. “I just hope they do what’s right starting now, and don’t wait ‘til they’re 100.”

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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