woman with a passion for bowling inspires those around her with her optimistic
Thacker spent 12 years cooking for people at her church, and is always happy to
lend a helping hand to those in need; making her a member of "People Who Make A Difference."
80-year-old Cancer survivor has been faced personal struggles that would leave
many people bitter.
Thacker has overcome her health challenges and personal losses with a smile and
the hopes of being remembered for helping her fellow man.
plaques and bowling trophies are just a handful of the recognitions Mrs. Thacker
has acquired over the years.
passion for bowling started after her 55-th birthday.
twenty years of three games a week, she even earned a Guinness Book of World
I was 75, I bowled 76 games in ten hours and six minutes. And that was at the time, I think, the
shortest time anyone had bowled that many games at the age I was," stated
maintained an average of 145 during her marathon of smashing pins.
passion for the lanes helped her battle breast cancer a few years later.
my doctor told me when we were first meeting, that attitude is 80-percent of
the battle. And if you can keep a good attitude,
as he said, I think that's 80-percent of the battle," said Mary Thacker.
in remission, but has suffered some other close loses as well.
son was in a bad motorcycle accident in '04.
Bad, bad. And then he got better,
but he was still an invalid. And he took
his life February, it was a year ago. He
shot himself. My husband had lung
cancer, and he was only down about a week and a half," said Mary Thacker.
despite all the challenges she's faced, Mrs. Thacker keeps her smile and likes
to help others.
it's hard, but I feel like life is for the living and it's what you make of
it. I told my preacher, I said I want to
live in a way that you won't have to tell a lie about me at my funeral
(laughs)," chuckled Thacker.
out at her church where she brings snacks to kids at school and even welcomes a
little girl into her home until her parents get off work.
For 12 years, Ms. Thacker fed about 200 people every week when she cooked for
her church's weekly supper service.
despite recent health related problems with her knees and ongoing cancer
treatment, Mrs. Thacker still regularly makes it out to the bowling lanes for a
she's getting ready to celebrate her 81-st birthday and may even make time to
head out to the lanes to celebrate.
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