While I was the first graduate of a 4 year college (Auburn, 1981 BChE), it was my mother’s dream that she first had from winning a 4H competition in the 1940s that took her to Auburn.
Seeing the campus, she greatly desired to attend, but the war years and being the daughter of a poor farmer, it was not to be for her. The dream that Auburn inspired burned brightly for after raising myself and my sister to the age of elementary school, she returned to a courses at a local college and then found work at Rivera Utilities in Foley.
Her drive to be a lifelong-learner took her to being one of the women who broke glass ceilings and proved by hard work and the power of integrity that women can succeed and rise to respected positions in management. We loved Auburn and we rooted for much more than football wins.
Anna Marie Noltensmeier Manley may not have received an Auburn degree, but Auburn influenced her life greatly.