Parish celebrates parishioner’s 90th birthday

By Carol Evans

PAULDING – Members of St. Michael’s Church in Paulding recently attended the 90th birthday of Ann Caraway.

As a child she lived in Heidelberg, attended grade school in Paulding and graduated from Heidelberg High School. She has been a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Church receiving both her First Communion and Confirmation there. After high school she moved to Meridian and worked for a trucking company walking to work three miles every day.

In 1955 she married Herman Blackwell, member of the Army Corp of Engineers, and moved to Selma, Alabama. She was there when Martin Luther King walked his famous route.

After her husband died she remarried in 1971 to Willy Grey Caraway and moved to Laurel, where she now resides. Between them she raised eight children. Greg Caraway (Barbara) lives in Houston, Angie Sandefur (Ron), Denny Caraway (Connie), Linda Glaze (Bobby), Lisa Seymore (David), Janet Barlow (Carey), Brenda Glenn (Roger) and Kenny Caraway. She had four brothers and two sisters.

Her living brothers, Hugh and Ray Bergin and sister, Therese Grant were present at the celebration along with her children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is not often we are able to celebrate the life and dedication to living as a Catholic in our church so “Happy Birthday” Mrs. Ann and “God Bless you” from your St. Michael’s family.