Crosby turns 100
by The Press and Standard | November 15, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 13, 2019 at 11:30 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Lifelong Walterboro resident Mary Annie Koger Crosby is a centenarian.
On Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, Crosby turned 100 years old. This past Saturday, she was honored by family and friends with a celebration of her birthday at First Baptist Church in Walterboro.
Born in 1919 in Walterboro, Crosby grew up on a small rural farm. She attended Walterboro High School and married William Jennings Crosby two years after graduating from high school. Throughout her working years, she maintained jobs in industry, working in a dress factory, Harry’s Men’s Shop, Belk’s (alterations and clerk) and Strickland’s Cleaners.
According to Crosby, she was able to get through difficult times in her life by depending on her faith. “I depended on God to help me,” she said in a recent interview with her family. “Getting old isn’t an easy road. You see your children getting older but think positive, keep active as you can and keep in touch with your church family.”
Crosby’s advice for living a long, fulfilling life? It’s a simple one — make time for friendships and be thankful. “Be sure to make new friends,” said Crosby. “Make the most of what you have and be thankful. Live every day like it is your last.”
Crosby legacy is well represented through a large family including four children: Mary Jo O’Quinn, Jackie Scarborough, Bill Crosby and Carolyn Nimberger. She has nine grandchildren, 30 great-grands and eight great-great grands. She is the oldest member of Bedon Baptist Church.