Thursday, June 19, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Marie Pryor went “home to heaven” last week. She passed away on Wednesday and was laid to rest beside her husband “Ball” Pryor Saturday.
Mrs. Pryor worked at Wurlitzer for many years and later, she came to work at The South Reporter. I think she started full-time about the time I began working here -- 22 years ago. Mrs. Pryor did more than just work here though -- she loved and nurtured all of us. She was the “Grandma” of our South Reporter family.
We’ve all spent a lot of time remembering Mrs. Pryor these past few days -- almost everyone of us has mentioned her quick smile and good nature.
Bonnie didn’t come to work here until Mrs. Pryor went into semi-retirement, but she did work with her at the Wurlitzer Piano Co.
“She was so kind and hard-working -- just an all-around good woman,” Bonnie said.
Carolyn and Mrs. Pryor worked closely together on Wednesdays for many, many years.
“I’d walk with her to the Post Office and she’d nearly kill me. She was such a fast walker,” Carolyn remembered laughing. “And she was such a good cook!”
We love to talk about food, especially when we’re stuffing the inserts into the newspaper -- our hands our busy, but our brains are on a ‘break.’ I was always fascinated when Mrs. Pryor would talk about cooking turkey for Thanksgiving.
To the best of my memory, when Mrs. Pryor cooked her turkey, she didn’t stuff it, or make regular dressing. She made her dressing, piled some in the roasting pan to set the bird on and then patted the rest around the outside of the bird. I was never lucky enough to taste her turkey and dressing, but I’ve heard often that it was wonderful. She really was a good cook!
We all have so many memories of Mrs. Pryor. The last time I saw her, David, her youngest son, brought her by here for a visit. She’d had a stroke and couldn’t speak, but she still had her wonderful smile and good nature and was able to let us know, once again, how much she loved us and how happy she was to see us.
Beth said she remembers Mrs. Pryor’s smile. “She had a beautiful smile. She was always in a good mood, always pleasant and glad to see everyone. She was a real people person and you could always count on her!”
Barbara not only worked with her, she went to church with her. “She always had candy for Jess on Sunday. Jess would climb up into her lap to get her candy.
“She was faithful to her church; and she also loved her garden. She always brought us stuff.”
Sue didn’t know Mrs. Pryor, who’d moved to Oxford by the time Sue began working here. But Sue summed her up perfectly, after listening to us talking...
“She was an earth person.”
Even though Mrs. Pryor had moved to Oxford, we always knew she was there. And, we still know where she is...
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