Listener Spotlight: Mary Faries
By: Joel Scott
Mary Faries is the in this listener spotlight. Mary, who turned 91 in August, lives in Lexington with her daughter. She also has a son who lives nearby. She moved to Lexington from Columbus, OH, four years ago, five years after being diagnosed with macular degeneration. She is the primary housekeeper right now as her daughter is recovering from knee reconstruction. Mary is originally from Rock Hill, SC.
Mary spent her life as a homemaker. Her husband was a naval construction worker, or Seabee, during World War II. After that he was in civilian construction, and after that he was involved in mining in Perry County for 15 years.
Mary began listening to Radio Eye last year. She first learned about it when she got a ride from ITNBluegrass, a company that provides transportation to seniors and adults with impaired vision. She listens most regularly to Hope and Inspiration on Sunday mornings.
Before losing her vision, Mary loved to read. She read through the Bible four times, and also liked to read anything to do with history, especially historical fiction. When she lived in Columbus, she also liked to volunteer at her church and the senior center. Travelling was another favorite pastime of hers. She has been to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Italy, Germany, and Ireland.
In addition to her two children in Lexington, Mary has one daughter who works for the Federal Government in Wyoming. She has also lost a son and a daughter in two separate automobile accidents. She has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her grandsons lives near Dublin, Ireland.