At 105, Marietta woman reflects on her life, happiness
by Sally Litchfield
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Mary Quimby sits with her family at her 105th birthday party. ‘I have a great appetite and I eat three meals a day. I don’t eat between meals and I have been active my whole life. I love golf with a passion and I was an avid golfer until age 97 when I broke my hip,’ said Quimby who is married to Charles ‘Chuck’ Quimby, age 96. Quimby grew up in New York City. <br> Emily Barnes
Mary Quimby sits with her family at her 105th birthday party. ‘I have a great appetite and I eat three meals a day. I don’t eat between meals and I have been active my whole life. I love golf with a passion and I was an avid golfer until age 97 when I broke my hip,’ said Quimby who is married to Charles ‘Chuck’ Quimby, age 96. Quimby grew up in New York City.
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Mary Quimby looks at family photographs with her granddaughter, Donna Cobb, at her 105th birthday party.
Mary Quimby looks at family photographs with her granddaughter, Donna Cobb, at her 105th birthday party.
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Mary Quimby has accomplished much in her lifetime. Born Jan. 10, 1908, she reflects on her 105 years.

“I have a great appetite and I eat three meals a day. I don’t eat between meals and I have been active my whole life. I love golf with a passion and I was an avid golfer until age 97 when I broke my hip,” said Quimby who is married to Charles “Chuck” Quimby, age 96.

Quimby grew up in New York City.

“As a teenager, I graduated from Manhattan Trade School where I later worked as a lingerie model,” said Quimby, whose family moved to Wappinger Falls, N.Y., in the late 1930’s.

The family owned and operated a dairy farm, restaurant and gas station.

“During WWII, I made bomber jackets for the Army Air Corps,” she said.

Quimby recalled that when she lived in Wappinger Falls, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt would fill up her car at the family gas station.

“My father was very friendly with her and he smoked a pipe. I cannot tell you how many pipes he lost by putting them on her car and then forgetting about them,” Quimby said.

After the war, the family moved to Miami, Fla., where Quimby ran a dress shop that catered to wealthy clients and entertainers.

Quimby said she married at 16 years old through an arranged marriage but divorced in her early twenties. “I married Chuck when I was 40. He was a professional baseball player and it was love at first sight,” she said. They have been married 64 years.

“My husband always came first,” said Quimby who has two children, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.

Years of experience taught Quimby that, “It is important to be honest with each other, to never go to bed angry and always be true to one another.”

Quimby’s first big challenge was 15 years ago when her husband had a stroke, which paralyzed him on his right side.

“I took care of him to the best of my ability and I asked for help from my son when I could no longer help him. I feel so fortunate to still have him next to me. I love him very much,” Quimby said.

Quimby’s next challenge occurred when she broke her hip at 97, requiring arduous rehabilitation.

“But I persisted so that I could walk again. I use a walker now so I am not as active as I used to be,” she said.

In 2005, the Quimbys moved to Marietta to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Janet and Nicholas Terrasse.

“I am blessed to be alive and loved for 105 years,” Quimby said.
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