|By Bob Weaver 2001|
Editor's Note: Lucy Marks is still holding forth in 2007 at age 92, broke her leg last year but is up and about again, visiting with her children and about 150 grand and great-grandchildren.
Longtime Nicut resident Lucy Marks is a timeless jewel who defies the stereotype of
the aged. At 86 she is Cahoun's outstanding clogger, never missing a chance to kick
up her heels when local music makers perform. "I've gone from doing the Charleston
to cloggin'," she said.
She may be the most often photographed person on The Hur Herald, because she
always shows up with her upbeat attitude, gracious smile and boundless energy. "I've
always had good health, although I broke my leg one time," she said. "I give it all to
the Lord. Two of my sons became preachers."
Recently she was given one of her many "most" awards at the Senior Center in
Grantsville, the most kids, twelve, the most grandchildren, forty, and the most
Her family congregated at Lucy's house this past weekend for a reunion, and quite an
event it was. Her clan told dozens of Lucy stories about her snow sledding and her
efforts at water skiing on a lake. Her granddaughter, Carlena Hubbard of Orville, Ohio
presented her with a picture of her working out on their trampoline last year. Lucy, if
she eventually becomes infirm, will never grow old.
"I like to go to amusement parks like Sea World. I like the double loop the best, and I
have been on the roller coaster," she said. "I'm on the go all the time and have lots of
fun." Eleven of Lucy's twelve children were born at home. "I don't know why they
talked me into going to the hospital for the last one."
Her small bungalow is a cozy hillside dwelling, filled with family pictures and
mementos. The house was built by her late husband, and she has lived there for fifty
years. Water is still drawn from a well and a path leads to the "shack out back," but
recently family members are installing running water and a bathroom. It was a
pleasant experience to use a dipper from the water bucket and relax on the porch
Early Marks Family Photo: Seated Lucy Marks with husband Curt (deceased 1969),
holding Wandalea; first row, Lester, Ray, Virginia and Rosalea (who recently died in a
car accident at Rosedale); second row, Darrell with wife Marie, baby Loretta, Delmar,
baby Pam, Basel, Kathleen, Ronzel and Carl. Absent from photo is daughter Kathleen
Sohar, Three sons, Darrell, Delmar and Basel are deceased, and daughter Rose was
recently killed in an auto accident. Lucy was the daughter of Daniel and Vena
Lucy's hillside home
Lucy displays a family quilt
Family photos "Helps me think of them"
Porch swingin', John McCumbers and Eric Marks
Lucy's kids present (L to R) row 1, Virginia Brady, Lucy, Vicky Chastain, Wanda Lee McCumbers
row 2, Ronzel Marks, Ray Marks, Lester Marks and Carl Marks
Carlena presents grandma with picture of her trampoline experience
An afternoon of laughs and picture taking