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Berry Robarts' needlework can also be considered a metaphor, symbolic of a lifetime woven out of memories and stories that the 90-year-old feels fortunate to have experienced. Berry Robarts' needlework can also be considered a metaphor, symbolic of a lifetime woven out of memories and stories that the 90-year-old feels fortunate to have experienced.
Berry Robarts' needlework can also be considered a metaphor, symbolic of a lifetime woven out of memories and stories that the 90-year-old feels fortunate to have experienced. Berry Robarts' needlework can also be considered a metaphor, symbolic of a lifetime woven out of memories and stories that the 90-year-old feels fortunate to have experienced.
Robarts still drives 90 miles roundtrip every Tuesday to volunteer at the Mighty Eighth Museum. Robarts still drives 90 miles roundtrip every Tuesday to volunteer at the Mighty Eighth Museum.
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SYLVANIA, GA (WTOC) -

Betty Robarts knits as a hobby and as an act of friendship.

"I don't have much of my knitting,'' she says. "I give most of it away.''

Sometimes it's even a form of therapy.

"It relaxes me,'' Robarts added. "If I get uptight about something, I can sit down and knit and forget the whole world.''

Her needlework can also be considered a metaphor, symbolic of a lifetime woven out of memories and stories that the 90-year-old feels fortunate to have experienced.

Like how during World War II a friend asked her to write to a member of the Eighth Air Force she had never met.

"And he answered my letters,'' Robarts said. "So when he came home, he called me. We met April 1, 1945. Three days later, he asked me to marry him and I said yes.''

Or the one of her own service in the Navy during the war.

"I soldered 26 little wires in a little clog for two years and 10 months,'' she says, "and never asked any questions.''

It wasn't until a reunion in 1995 that Robarts found out she helped build the Enigma Machine that broke the unbreakable Nazi code.

"We helped end the war in a year and a half,'' she says, "because we knew where the subs were.''

There have been afghans for and yarns from nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

For more than 20 years, stories have been remembered and shared at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.

"We started with the Mighty Eighth when the meetings were at the Officers Club at Hunter,'' she says.

Robarts' late husband, Ed, flew 35 missions with the Mighty Eighth. And she still drives 90 miles roundtrip every Tuesday to volunteer at the museum.

"We watched the whole place go up,'' she says. "And the day it opened, we were there.  I think it's more for me because Ed's ashes are there. So when I get down there, I kind of feel close to him. And it's kind of nice.''

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