Linams Set to Mark Milestone

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Hughey and Mary Linam

Longtime Rector area residents Hughey and Mary Linam will be celebrating a lifetime together during a special 75th wedding anniversary June 9 at Southern Independent Living, located at 1515 North Lemons Street in Wynne.

Hughey, 98, and Mary, 99, have made their home at the Wynne facility in recent years, but will always be considered a part of the Rector area community by the countless friends made during many years living here.

At a time when many others were slowing down, the Linams continued to work locally, operating an upholstery business for over 40 years, with both Hughey and Mary continuing the work into their 90s. As they tapered off their upholstery work at the ages of 93 and 94, respectively, Hughey and Mary remained active, cultivating fine vegetable and flower gardens, much to the delight of their Rector neighbors.

The former Mary Davisson grew up in Essex, Mo. In 1928, she met Hughey Linam of Sikeston, Mo., who at the time was working as a Maytag washing machine salesman. Introduced by mutual friends, the two soon began a relationship which continues to this day, 75 years later. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Hargrave's Corner where they raised three sons and a daughter.

Hughey farmed and Mary became known as an outstanding seamstress. When rebuilding a shed at the Linam home, Hughey converted the small building into a workshop for Mary. Soon, he began helping her with upholstery work when returning home from the fields. After he retired from farming, he joined her full-time in the business.

The Linams moved to Rector in 1989, residing on Fairview, where they remained until relocating to Wynne. Many residents still share tales of visiting the Linams' beautiful home, recalling vibrant flowers and stalks of "town corn" which would rival any found in a farmer's field.

The Linams have been regular attendees of the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic, continually challenging for the Oldest Attendee awards, while dominating the Longest Married competition.

In previous interviews with the couple, the Linams professed no special reasoning for their continued good health and longevity other than having, in Hughey's words, "worked all our lives, and don't know how to do anything else."

The Linams would like to thank their many friends for the multitude of memories shared through the years.

As one who has had the opportunity to visit with the Linams at length through the years, this reporter would like to congratulate the couple on another milestone and wish them the very best.

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