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World War I Widow

Veterans Day began after World War I ended. A Swain County woman married a World War I veteran and her family believes she's the last Great War widow in North Carolina.

Now 96, Minnie Stanton married Claude Stanton in 1933 when she was 16-years-old.

They were married for 45 years and had six children and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She says it was love at first sight when he came with a friend  for a meal at her family's home in the Alarka area.

Claude died in 1973.

Minnie says he had been shell-shocked in the trenches and cared for him and their children her whole life, even taking a job as a cook at Sneeds Restaurant in Bryson City for 21 years.

She has a message for those currently serving overseas.

"I just pray for all the boys that are in the Army. I know they're looking forward to coming home and I hope them the best," said Stanton.

Looking back at her life, Minnie states with certainty what her priorities area.

"I think taking care of my children and taking care of my husband," said Stanton.

Minnies son says she's still receiving a pension for her husband's service in World War I.

By Rex Hodge

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