Mary Ellen Thorpe-States

Updated: July 19, 2006


I was born a Leo on July 24,1940, in Beckley. I attended Institute Elementary School and Beckley Junior High School before graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) in May 1958. Following high school, I attended Concord College (now University) from 1958-1961. There, I met Ed States from Roanoke, VA. When he graduated in 1961, we were married in the First Christian Church, Beckley on August 20, 1961.

We moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Ed found employment with the United States General Accounting Office where he continued until retirement in 1993. When we got to Norfolk, I worked for a short time at De Paul Hospital. Later, I attended Old Dominion University (ODU) before moving to Richmond in 1967. In 1970 we moved to the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, VA and lived there until I retired 1995.

I was a stay at home mom to 2 children until 1973. Then I started working as a kindergarten assistant in a public school. After several years and MANY college credits I graduated from ODU in December 1977 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I received a Masters degree in 1985. I taught first grade at Great Bridge Elementary (later Primary School) until I retired.

Our grandson was born in 1995 the year we moved to Roanoke, VA. In 1996 we moved to Smith Mountain Lake and still live here. It is a great place to live and enjoy my favorite past time – reading. Still love that.

I have attended some, but not all of the five-year class reunions since leaving WWHS and am looking forward to our 50th Class Reunion in 2008.

– Mary Ellen