Jennifer Leigh Disney



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Interview with Miriam Elizabeth McLaurin Gulledge, 2012 South Carolina Mother of the Year.

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South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives

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Winthrop University

Biographical Note

Born on January 26, 1935 to Daniel and Elizabeth McLaurin, Miriam Elizabeth McLaurin Gulledge grew up in Chesterfield County. As a youngster she learned "shaped notes" from her father and began playing piano at church, beginning a lifelong love of music. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Gulledge, and they raised and educated seven children. Miriam was a bookkeeper for many years and remained active in Hospice and other community organizations. Applauded by a co-worker as “nurse, counselor, advisor, confidante, peacemaker, and helper,” she helped care for her mother and other family members while remaining busy with children and church. Her generous spirit was a testimony to her community as she served as full-time caregiver for her disabled husband for many years. She gave her quiet, supportive husband credit for her being named South Carolina Mother of the Year. Miriam worked to instill integrity, manners, and respect for themselves and others as she raised her children. When each child was born, she lifted him up and dedicated him to God, praying for wisdom, guidance, patience, and strength. Her goal was to give her children wings. “Miss Miriam” summarized her success as a mother: “My wonderful children are sweet, successful, hardworking individuals, so maybe I did SOMETHING right.”

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Gulledge, Miriam McLaurin--Interviews; Mothers--South Carolina; Mothers--Awards--South Carolina; Awards--South Carolina; South Carolina Mothers Association


Oral History | United States History | Women's History

Interview with Miriam Elizabeth McLaurin Gulledge