~“She Ain’t Aunt Bee”~

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 08:50 AM.

I wonder if Aunt Bee watched “Columbia Lou” play?

As most folks know, Lou Gehrig died too young at age 37 due to ALS, a disorder now commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Before being disabled by the fatal neuromuscular disease, Gehrig set a record of playing in 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees. It wasn’t until 56 years later in 1995 that Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles would finally break the record.

Aunt Bee, who was born in New York City and made famous by the fictitious town of Mayberry, North Carolina and The Andy Griffith Show spent her last years in Siler City, North Carolina. You’ve probably heard the city’s name on the show; she just fell in love with the town and decided to retire there.

Her house was about 9,000 square feet; she lived alone. She was never married. It doesn’t matter.

Aunt Bee had suffered a couple of heart attacks and fought cancer. They say most of her time was spent in a large back room of the house that had only a bed, a desk, a television and a small end table. She rarely left her home.

In addition to being a recluse, one would imagine she was somewhat frugal. After she died, the folks who went in her home were surprised to see the way she was living.

Noting that she “lived alone” is not necessarily true; 14 cats inhabited the house with her toward the end of her life. Folks say the smell was close to unbearable because she literally gave them (the cats) the basement bathtub as a litter box. The condition of her house was not good; the plaster was peeling, the carpets were badly frayed and the upholstery was worn out.

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