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- Mary Alice Wright oral history interview, 1993 October 31
Mary Alice Wright oral history interview, 1993 October 31
Mary Alice Wright discusses growing up in the mill village in Waxhaw, North Carolina. In particular, she describes how she worked in the mill village as a concession stand operator and actively participated in social activities, such as square dancing and hayrides. Mrs. Wright then recalls the challenges that her family faced upon her father's death, noting specifically how she sacrificed her final year of high school to care for her father, and her mother's efforts to financially support the family. Mrs. Wright also discusses the tragic car accident that killed her sister's husband. She vividly remembers being overcome with great sadness because the accident occurred just prior to the death of President John F. Kennedy, and with both deaths children were left without their fathers. In addition, she describes residing in various places during her adult life, and recalls living with members of the Traywick family, including country singer Randy Travis (birth name: Randy Traywick) when he was a baby.