I am Decatur #3

Grace McGee-2

Grace McGee loves children. She raised three, and is now living with her daughter, two granddaughters, and two great grandchildren. Grace and her husband moved to Decatur in 1968. During the years she was raising her family, her home was called Miss Grace’s House, by the neighborhood children. Every year she held a back-to-school picnic across the street at Oakhurst Elementary School, for the youngsters living on Olympic, Felds, and Mead Roads. “We had a wiener roast, hamburgers, apple bites, drinks, cookies, and played music. We had a dance contest and gave out a prize. Some of the children still come by to see me, and they all remember it. They call me Mama Grace.”

Grace recalls that there was a time when all the neighbors knew each other and were like family. Over the years many of her neighbors have died, yet the character of her street has remained friendly. “Some people probably don’t know me, but the people I meet smile, and we speak. The street still has loving and caring people. I don’t get out much anymore but if they need anything, I’m here. And I don’t mind it.”

Grace hopes that her great grandchildren will remember the things she has taught them. She reminds them, “You can be anything you want to be. Keep dreaming. If you stop dreaming, life stops.”

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1 comment
  1. Margarita Montalvo said:

    LOVED THAT CONTRAST …WITH THE DOLL. MARGARITA

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