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Penamon Family
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When 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."
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