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her husband died he had bought the farm in West Spring Hill community. She
said that she put those children to work, planted cotton and corn and
everything else; sold pigs to pay the tax.
Mary Penamon help in raising four generations of the C.H. [Coffee]
children, who grew up near her. She lived to nurse two of Wilma [Coffee]
Bunch and A.T. Bunch's children. She considered herself a part of the
family. For more than 35 years Wilma baked Mary Penamon's favorite birthday
cake. When asked the secret of her longevity she remarked, 'You have to
learn to give.'
Six generations were present when Mary Penamon celebrated her 113th
birthday on October 18, 1993. More than 20 relatives came to Oxford for her
birthday party. Mary was also honored by having her birthday mentioned
during NBC's Today Show broadcast."
Penamon Family, page one
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