Interview with Mary Ellen Boyle

Mary Ellen Boyle was interviewed by Michelle Illar on date April 20, 2010.

Mary Ellen Boyle is 87 years old and currently resides in the Twin Lakes Community where she receives assistance while living with Parkinson’s disease. She was born and grew up in nearby Mebane and attended Louisburg College and East Carolina University on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher. She taught at Gibsonville Elementary School for 27 years. During that time she married and raised two daughters. She currently has two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Ellen’s thoughts on going to church

Mary Ellen values her religion.  As Mary Ellen said in the interview:

My brother, my sister and I went to church every time the doors opened. It made me so sick of it. I didn’t want to but now I’m so grateful that we did that. Had that opportunity. Now my grandchildren don’t go to Sunday school at all; they don’t. They don’t go to church, not all of them, but most of them don’t.

Listen to the audio of Mary Ellen’s response about going to church.

Mary Ellen’s thoughts on changes in society

Mary Ellen thinks society has changed in many ways. She noted:

Well it’s changed in many ways. I think it’s too bad that people aren’t as many Christians as we thought there were in our country. That’s bad I think. Well, I don’t know, people just don’t have the right attitude I think, about getting along with people and what they do to help the situation. It’s really sad when you think about it. I think it’s so good to see that people are pitching in and helping the hungry. I didn’t realize that many hungry people in the United States, and overseas too.

Listen to the audio of Mary Ellen’s response about changes in society.

Mary Ellen’s thoughts on education

On her way to becoming a teacher, Mary Ellen enjoyed her education. She said:

Well I went to Louisburg, two years. And we couldn’t dance when I first went there. It was a Methodist college. And finally they started letting the students dance after dinner, in the social hall. We couldn’t even walk with boys around the campus when I first went there. I loved Louisburg. It was little. It was just fun. But I transferred, and my two roommates, to East Carolina. We liked that too. It was bigger than Louisburg, we felt kind of lost. We could dance there all we wanted to. I took most of my training for being an elementary teacher there, of course. One little boy I remember from there, I remembered his name until just recently, and thought about lately. But he was a cute little boy. And the little girls too, when we did practice teaching. But I can’t remember his name. But I’d love to see him [laughs]. Let’s see. We used to walk all the way to the Methodist church on Sundays, my roommates and I. Across town, to church. And we’d stop up town to eat breakfast at the drug store. Here I go again. We went to Overtown Inn, the Marines were there. We’d meet them and they’d take us up there and we’d dance. It was fun.

Listen to the audio excerpt about Mary Ellen’s education experiences.

Mary Ellen’s thoughts on regrets in life

Mary Ellen is very satisfied with her life, however, there was one thing she always thought would be a fun job.

I wanted to be an airline hostess one time. I wasn’t big enough I don’t think and couldn’t have passed the test anyway. But I always thought it would be fun to be an airline host. More so then than now, too dangerous now.

Listen to the one regret in life.

Mary Ellen’s thoughts about her mother

Mary Ellen loved her mother. She describes her mother’s work experience:

No, she stayed at home. She worked too hard for us. She was the PTA president and did a lot of work in the church and was very good at everything she did. She was a good woman. A good mama.

Listen to the audio of Mary Ellen talk about her mother.

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