MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories
MOWSF Senior Margie, who turned 78 years old this spring, sometimes calls her Social Worker, Crystal, just to chat. Over the years, Crystal has helped Margie with a number of things, like getting grab bars installed in the bathroom. But often times, when Margie calls, it’s just to talk about life. Indeed Margie says she thinks of Crystal like a daughter.
Margie loves to sing and is a member of a singing group at her local senior center. Gospel songs are her favorite. She is also a crochet enthusiast. She made the rosette-covered quilt that drapes across her couch, as well as numerous items around her living room – dresses for Barbie dolls, decorative doilies and more.
Margie says she remembers first seeing crochet work when she was 9 years old and thinking it was beautiful. “I told my mom I was going to learn to crochet,” says Margie. “She said, ‘Who’s going to teach you?’ And I said, ‘I’ll teach myself.” And she did. “I went to a pine tree and made a wooden needle and that was that.” She’s been crocheting ever since.
Margie’s family is originally from Alabama. She says her family history includes many cultures. Her father was of mixed white and black ancestry, and her mother was part Native American. In all, her parents had 14 children — seven boys and seven girls! In 1960, Margie followed one of her sisters out to San Francisco. “I remember thinking, oh what a beautiful city!” she says. She got a job as a cashier at Children’s Hospital where she worked until she hurt her back and retired.
Last year, Margie’s home of 50 years caught on fire. She spent the night in the emergency room, suffering from smoke inhalation. Margie said seeing her home burn was terrifying. “Afterward, you could look up through the roof and see the sky,” she says. Thankfully, though a recent insurance payment had been late, she’d remembered just in time. And once repairs are complete, she’ll get to live in her home again.
“I like Meals On Wheels of San Francisco,” says Margie. “It helps me a lot and the food doesn’t have a lot of sodium.” It’s also been particularly helpful after a fall last year. Margie broke her arm, and it still hurts quite often, making it difficult for her cook and do other tasks around the house.