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Snow doesn't deter 91-year-old from job

Jan 10, 2011 2:01:00 PM - thestate.com
Katherine Wolfe remembered a time when her late father sent her and her siblings into the woods of the Upstate to cut pine branches to place under the wheels of the family’s snowbound car.

So Monday’s snow? Hardly enough to deter the 91-year-old Wolfe from her part-time job on the information desk at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital.

Wolfe rose at 4:15 a.m. to get to her job at 6:30 a.m., sweeping off her car easily with a long-handled mop and then driving down Columbia’s quiet streets.

“It was pretty then,” she said. Her boss told her to stay home, but she would have none of that. Wolfe's infectious spunk was learned on the family farm in Easley, where her father, Furman Jackson Watson, refused to let inclement weather keep him from his farm chores or his job in a machine shop.

“My father taught me when I was coming along growing up in the country, weather shouldn’t keep you at home and if you have a commitment, you need to go do it,” she said.

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