When Mary Graybiel traveled from Arizona to metro Detroit to Marco Island, Florida final month, the airline check-in system wouldn’t correctly enter her age, so the 107-year-old flew as an unaccompanied 7-year-old minor.
This minor hiccup wouldn’t cease the energetic senior from solo cross-country air journey, mentioned Waterford resident Renee Graybiel, Mary’s daughter-in-law. “Mary has flown dozens of occasions, too many to rely,” Renee mentioned. “She has traveled her complete life. In her youthful years, she traveled the world, however in recent times it’s been flying to see household.”
Mary, who lived in Michigan her complete life, moved to Peoria, Ariz. 14 years in the past to be close to one among her daughters. She has different kids, together with one other daughter and two sons. Her son, Tom, is married to Renee. In Could, Mary flew Delta from Arizona to Detroit to stick with Tom and Renee earlier than flying to Florida to go to together with her different son, Jim, and her different daughter Patti. Her household drops her off on the airport and different relations greet her when she arrives. Mary additionally has three grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Whereas in Michigan final month, Mary spent every week visiting with Tom and Renee in addition to lifelong buddies, a few of whom she had met on the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac, the place she was a member for 70 years. She additionally visited with buddies she met whereas concerned with the nonprofits the Tuesday Musicale of Larger Pontiac and Oakland City Corridor.
Mary grew up in Michigan, having lived for a number of years in Unhealthy Axe, the place she met her husband James (who glided by the identify of Ed). The couple, who met at a bowling alley, can be married for 60 years. Ed, who was a faculty trainer and athletic director in Unhealthy Axe, Grand Haven, Traverse Metropolis, and eventually at Pontiac Central Excessive College, handed away in 1998. Mary stored their house in Clarkston till she moved to Arizona, ensuring she flew yearly to see her household. She missed the previous couple of years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Mary is just not touring, she retains busy by taking part in quite a few card golf equipment and knitting prayer shawls, and extra. She is in nice well being and is mentally sharp as a tack, Renee mentioned. She attributes her longevity to staying lively and spending time with family and friends. “Apart from lastly getting listening to aids, she mainly hasn’t needed to take any drugs,” Renee mentioned.
She knits prayer shawls and hopes to function a optimistic inspiration to others. “Respect individuals,” she mentioned. “Give your loved ones and buddies numerous love, and provides thanks for your whole blessings. Every day is a present.”