"Grannie Annie" celebrates a milestone

"Grannie Annie" celebrates a milestone

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When Anne McBryde was a young woman, she thought of 30 as "old". Now, decades of years past that mark, and she considers herself still a young woman.

2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, is just the beginning of the legacy of the lady known to all as "Grannie Annie".

Ever since she was a young woman, Grannie Annie has never liked to tell her age.

"Age is a number and mine's unlisted," she said from her home at Southminster Retirement Community in South Charlotte.

But when you get to be her unlisted number, it's worth taking a look at what got her there in one piece.

"That's a very happy time in my life when I had those two little girls and a handsome husband," Anne said pointing to a picture.

Grannie Annie was widowed at age 31. With two young daughters to raise, she pressed on.

"I didn't think of myself as having accomplished anything."

The humble woman re-married, and put herself in a place most women didn't dare back in the 1950's.

"I'd always been interested in politics, and I just thought it'd be fun to get in the run," Anne said of her 1952 run for Scotland County Commissioner.

Where few other women had gone, was where Grannie Annie thrived. For her, the secret isn't in the food or the fitness.

"My father had as his attitude in life, to think positive. To have happy thoughts, was important."

That sentiment has always meant so much to Grannie Annie, she wore it on her face at her birthday party this weekend.

And if the cake wouldn't have spilled the beans, you would have never guessed, Happy Birthday sounded just as sweet to her the 100th time, as it did the first.