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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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16 CUMBERLAND APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION stay in. In those days, you couldn't stay in the service if you were married," she said. The couple moved home to Rhode Island, where Childress used his GI bill to get an engi- neering degree from Brown University, and then to Kentucky to find work. Over the next several years, they traveled around the country, welcoming four children along the way. Gray worked part-time as a nurse in Kentucky and as a school nurse in St. Louis, Missouri. After her husband's death in 1967, Gray and her family moved to North Smithfield, where she joined the Women's Hospital Auxiliary and helped train the "candy stripers" at Woonsocket Hospital. She remarried in 1974, living with her second husband, John, until his death in 1992. Gray now enjoys her time at home at Maple Woods Farm in Cumberland, but her days are far from quiet. In 2019, at the age of 96, she was selected to participate in the first all-female honor flight from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C. Gray and one other veteran were select- ed to place the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where her grandchildren and one great-grandchild surprised her at the ceremony. "And I looked up and they were all standing there," she said. In typical fashion, the trip wouldn't have been complete without some humor. Gray and her daughter, Audrey Tessier, still laugh over their memories of getting trapped at the Lincoln Memorial, where an out-of-work elevator meant four firemen had to carry her wheelchair down the steps. On Sunday, March 7, Gray received the Women in American History Award during a small ceremony at her home. Representatives of the local Beacon Pole Hill Chapter presented the medal along with a certificate and a World War II commemorative pin. All these years later, Gray describes World War II as "a little time apart." "I suppose everybody says that who went through something similar," she said. "Wartime is not the nicest time, and yet you feel that there's nothing you can do about it. You do your part." MADELEINE CHILDRESS GRAY places the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during an all-female honor flight in 2019. She is wearing her military uniform shirt with her Second Lieutenant bars. HISTORY From Page 13 3755 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 401-658-1515 Email: info@andrewsbistro.com www.andrewsbistro.com Good food. Good friends. Good food. Good friends. Book Your Easter Reservations Today! Serving Our Full Dinner Menu & Dinner Specials Sunday, April 4, 2021 12 - 5 p.m. 2084 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, RI 401-333-2651 179 Front St., Lincoln, RI 401-728-3990 290 County St., Attleboro, MA 508-222-0719 Only one offer per coupon. Valid at the following locations: Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, Front St., Lincoln and County St., Attleboro. Plus tax. Cannot be combined with any other offer. No copies. Shop must retain coupon. $ 1.99 For a medium cold brew Only one offer per coupon. Valid at the following locations: Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, Front St., Lincoln and County St., Attleboro. Plus tax. Cannot be combined with any other offer. No copies. Shop must retain coupon. FREE DONUT with a medium/large coffee hot or iced BUILD YOUR OWN DONUT KIT FOR EASTER FUN $3.99 10% OFF ON-LINE TO GO ORDERS bandidosrestaurant.com OPEN FOR DINING SUNDAY-THURSDAY 12-10 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY 12-11 PM 59 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 774-331-2800 88 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 401-724-0342 WE DELIVER ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE AT www.empirepizzaria.com 1 0 % OFF ALL PICK UPS 14 Bound Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864 401.658.1199 Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 9 pm Sunday 12 - 8 pm • Monday Closed Local Eats

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