I grew up in Ensley, Alabama and attended Moore Elementary and Ensley High Schools. I was employed as a secretary at Ingersol-Rand, Southern Company Services, and the City of Birmingham. My parents, Giuseppe and Carmela Anselmo, immigrated from Sicily, but met and married in Birmingham. I have one sister, Nicholina, and one brother, Cesare. My father was an invalid and my mother taught citizenship classes in Ensley, North Birmingham and Southside. She helped over 300 immigrants become United States citizens. David and I married on March 28, 1951. We raised seven children: Michael, David III, Cecilia Palmer (Philip), Jean, James, Elizabeth Cather (Jamey) and Paul. I have seven grandchildren: Gabrey Vines, Joseph and Melissa Palmer, Stephanie and Michael Cather, and Natalie and Daniel Vines. I also have two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Kinleigh Vines. We were married over 44 years. David died in June of 1995.
I collect cobalt figurines and vases, etc. I also like to work crossword puzzles.
Have you always been a Catholic?
How long have you been a member of the parish? 13 years.
How did you come to join St. Patrick?
We moved from Wylam to Brookside and St. Patrick was the nearest Catholic church in our area. We joined in May of 1992.
What activities are you involved in?
Sunshine Club, provide meals for bereaved families, Offertory, coffee after Mass and Springfest.
What is your favorite memory of St. Patrick?
While I was teaching fifth grade Catechism the co-teacher starting passing out chocolate truffles to the children. I ate mine without looking at it. Then a boy said he found a worm in his candy and showed it to us. Needless to say, it disrupted the class and I was wondering if I ate a worm!
What do you like most about being a member of St. Patrick's?
St. Patrick Church feels "homey" to me. I feel like I'm at home. It is a good feeling. I am happy with my faith, my church, my priest and my family.
Of all the people you have known at this parish who are now deceased, who would be your favorite and why?
My favorite would be my husband, David Lee Vines, Jr. Why? Because I love him! He was a good husband, father and provider. He died of lung cancer on June 10, 1995. Father Ray Murrin administered the sacraments of the church on June 9, 1995, and he died peacefully. We miss him very much, but we know he is with the Lord.