[caption id="attachment_20922" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/05\/DSC_0251.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="604" class="size-full wp-image-20922" \/> Linwood native Miss Amy May Hannah was full of grace and good humor as she posed for this portrait on her 93rd birthday. "Just call me plain Amy May," she said. L.D. Bennett photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nI was privileged to speak with Miss Amy May Hannah on the occasion of her 93rd birthday last Wednesday.\r\n\r\nShe couldn\u2019t have been more gracious when she invited me to sit down and visit with her.\r\n\r\nI asked if I should call her Miss or Ms., as she\u2019d lived all her life as an unmarried lady.\r\n\r\n\u201cJust call me plain Amy May,\u201d she replied.\r\n\r\nI felt immediately at home with her as she told me a little bit about her life.\r\n\r\nAmy May was born in Linwood.\r\n\r\nShe and her brother and sister grew up on their family\u2019s 300 acre farm.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had cattle and sheep, and we raised turkeys and chickens,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd, of course, we had a big garden.\u201d\r\n\r\nHer dad died at a quite young age - in his 30s - when Amy May was just eight years old.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy mom had three kids to raise and that big farm to run. She worked like a dog,\u201d she recalled.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe ran that farm, and she worked right along with the hired hands.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe kids had lots of chores to do. There\u2019s always something to do on a farm - always more work than you can do.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe only time we could rest was when we were sleeping.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd during lambing and calving season, we could hardly even sleep, some nights.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had to be so careful to take care of the stock - all the animals - if you don\u2019t take care of them, you don\u2019t have an income,\u201d Amy May explained.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe butchered hogs and chickens, and we helped my mom with the canning.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe canned everything from the garden. That\u2019s what we ate. Whatever we could grow.\u201d\r\n\r\nAmy May told me that she and her sister, Faye, went to Washington, D.C. to go to cosmetology school.\r\n\r\nAmy May worked in cosmetology there in N.E. Washington for four or five years.\r\n\r\n\u201cI wanted to come home,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t like the city very much, and I knew I was needed at home, so I came back and lived with my mother and brother and helped out on the farm.\u201d\r\n\r\nI asked if she was good at doing hair.\r\n\r\n\u201cWell I guess so,\u201d she said, smiling.\r\n\r\n\u201cBack then, you didn\u2019t need a license. But I was pretty good.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI did haircuts and hairstyles and lots and lots of \u2018Tony\u2019s - that\u2019s what permanents were called back then.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd, for a time, Amy May lived in Marlinton.\r\n\r\n\u201cI got a job at the farm store, then a job at Foodland as a clerk,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\n\u201cI worked there for many years.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was a long drive back and forth to Linwood for me, so it was easier to live in town.\u201d\r\n\r\nAmy May confided that she is \u201cgetting old and white-headed,\u201d and that she\u2019s quite ready to \u201cgo home\u201d to be with the Lord.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve always loved God,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nShe was a longtime member of Big Spring Presbyterian Church, but, more recently, has been a member of Marlinton Presbyterian Church.\r\n\r\nAmy May has this bit of advice for young people:\r\n\r\n\u201cLove God and worship Him,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nBy this time, Amy May and I had exchanged enough about ourselves that I felt bold enough to tell her that I had heard that she was reputed to tell a funny story about why she had remained an unmarried lady all her life.\r\n\r\nAmy May protested a bit, but I convinced her to share the story with me and our readers.\r\n\r\nAnd the story goes like this...\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t need to be married because I had a cat that stayed out all night.\r\n\r\n\u201cI had a dog that barked, and a bird that cussed.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhy would I need a man?\u201d\r\n\r\nI burst out laughing and I could only say to her \u2013 \u2018Miss Amy May Hannah, I\u2019ll say two things about you \u2013 you are a lovely lady and you can tell one heck of a good story!\u2019\r\n\r\nI feel privileged that I got to visit Miss Amy May on her 93rd birthday.\r\n\r\nWe had such a good time together.\r\n\r\nAmy May is now a resident at Pocahontas Center, where she was treated to a birthday celebration on her special day.