Elizabeth Daniels is a feisty 92-year-old who lives on a tight budget in a small apartment in Salem. One of 11 children, she grew up on a farm in Meadowview, about 6 miles this side of Abingdon.
She’s raised four children, outlived two husbands, worked for 16 years in a grocery store on Colorado Street, and also at another one in Vinton. Daniels has seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She still gets around and her mind is sharp.
She attributes her long life and good health to never having smoked, or even tasted wine, beer or whiskey. She’s never had a cup of coffee. Her only vice is Diet Coke.
There’s one more thing Daniels has never done: voted in an election. This year she will.
A week from today, her son Bobby Weaver will pick up his mom and drive her to the polls at the Salem Civic Center. There, Daniels will cast a ballot for the very first time, in a state that has a good chance to decide the next president of the United States.
This raises many questions, most of which we will get to.
The first is, wasn’t she eager to vote when she came of age? Daniels told me it didn’t seem that important.
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