Granny values hard work. She remembers "all the food she had cooked, and all the clothes she had cut and sewed, and all the gardens she had made...she had fenced in a hundred acres once, digging the post holes herself and clamping the wires with just a negro boy to help". Looking back at all the work she did gives her a sense of pride, and she says, "Well, I didn't do so badly, did I?"
She is also a mother-figure and nurturer. She raised four children who seek her advice even in their adulthood, and she recalls "riding country roads...when women had their babies...sitting up nights with sick horses and sick negroes and sick children and hardly ever losing one."