On a cold winter’s night in December at City Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I was born and named Mary Elizabeth, after my grandmothers. Fayetteville was my home throughout my childhood and most of my adult life. I attended school, church, worked and belonged to many social organizations for many years before moving to Jonesboro, AR.
Some of the many things I love about Fayetteville include the city being located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, which will allow you to see most of the city as you are coming into town off of interstate 540. I met and married my husband Lonnie in Fayetteville twenty-five years ago. We set the date of April 10 to blend our family of seven children (and now eight grandchildren) at St. James United Methodist church where I am a member as of today.
One of the many jobs I had while living in Fayetteville was at the University of Arkansas Financial Aid office. I started out working in the file room and worked my way up to a financial aid officer while attending college classes to become a social worker. Little did I know my 14 year journey through the financial aid office would help me in becoming a Career Facilitator in 2010.
I moved to Jonesboro from Fayetteville about ten years ago. This move allowed me to complete my undergrad degree in social work at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. On May 10, 2005, I returned to Fayetteville to work on a Master’s degree in social work at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. I was able to complete my Master’s on May 10, 2006.
A few things I enjoy doing in Jonesboro are tailgating at the Red Wolf football games, attending basketball games with Lonnie, shopping downtown Jonesboro, traveling with my family and friends and helping Lonnie work on his 1955 truck
“Education is your Passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X