Age is Just a Number

Age is Just a Number

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor •

FYFFE, Ala. — Age is just a number and Mary Lou Brown easily proves that point. 

Brown, who will turn 88 in October, has served as a substitute teacher since 1998 and not even a global pandemic could slow her down. 

Brown began working at Fyffe High School in 1984 as a lunchroom cashier, snack store clerk, and even performed some janitorial duties.

She was married to Joel Brown, and they have two children, Larry and Don Brown. Brown has three grandchildren: Amanda Woodall, Tyler Brown, and NeKisha Brown. She has five great-granchildren and two great-great granchildren.

That alone should keep her busy, but it doesn't. 

On a daily basis, she can defrost a freezer, mow her yard, and still find time to sub at Fyffe.

Brown still lives independently and enjoys cooking for her family – sometimes even cooking a full meal before she goes into work as a sub.

Her granddaughter, Amanda Woodall, describes her simply as a "Proverbs 31 woman." 

Brown is actively involved in Antioch Baptist Church.

Teachers and students alike are so proud to come in and see Mrs. Mary Lou Brown behind the desk as their sub for the day.

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