QUEENSTOWN — Mary Lou Walters of Queenstown celebrated her 100th birthday at a luncheon at Fisherman’s Inn, Grasonville, with family and friends from near and far.
The James William and Mae Dixon Moore family home at Keyser, W.Va., was the childhood home of Mary Lou, four brothers, and two sisters, all of whom have predeceased her.
After second grade, she and her brother walked over a small bridge crossing the Potomac River to the Maryland side in order to attend a new school. Her brother persuaded the authorities to enroll her in fourth grade “because she was smart!” Mary Lou was admitted although she had only finished second grade in W.Va. She graduated from high school at age 15.
Shortly after graduation, she left for the Baltimore area to work living with her sister for a time and then at the Lutheran Home (Hospice) paying $5 a day for room and board. From age 17 and through the war years, she worked as a bookkeeper for various firms in Baltimore. During this time, she was introduced to Calvan Vernon Walters, a talented carpenter.
Calvan joined the Seabees for the four-year duration of World War II; when he was separated from the Seabees, they were married on September 10, 1945. In 1967, the couple invested in the Bennett Point Store in Queenstown.
Calvan built a lovely rancher on a most pleasant lot on Bennett Point Road, and Mary Lou still lives there today.
Mary Lou found a bookkeeping position at the Record Observer in 1964, working for then-editor Dan Tabler for four years.
Eventually, they sold the store, and, at that time, Mary Lou was encouraged to “get into real estate.”
In 1973, she earned her Realtor’s license and worked for Waterman Realty for several years. She then transferred her license to Long and Foster Real Estate for the next 23 years until retiring at age 75. Always a Top Producer, Mary Lou found time to teach new agents the “ropes” and mentored many, easing their way toward successful careers in the business.
Mary Lou and Calvan enjoyed many wonderful cruises during their nearly 60 years together, including an adventurous trip on a sailing yacht throughout the West Indies.
Mary Lou was never content to sit still, and after Calvan died in 2004, she spent the next 12 years volunteering at the Hospice-sponsored Estate Treasures in Chester.
Mary Lou continues to read three newspapers daily keeping up with world news as well as local events. She tends her Concord grape vines transplanted from the W.Va. Property, from which she produces wonderful jelly — and everyone benefits from her abundant fig tree, as well.
When asked what is the best thing about being 100 years old, she remarked, “When someone asks me to go someplace, I always say — let’s go!”