2022 Anna Jarvis Homeplace Mother of the Year selected


TAYLOR COUNTY—Motherhood is no easy feat, and to celebrate moms and the various roles they take on, Mother’s Day was instituted. To honor the legacy left by local, Anna Jarvis, each year, a lady who envelops the essence of motherhood is honored.

One of the many qualities that motherhood encompasses is giving to others; whether it be her children, her spouse or the community in which she resides. Because of her go-getter attitude, Vickie Heldreth Cole was bestowed with this year’s honor.

“We are so pleased to announce Vickie as the 2022 Anna Jarvis Homeplace Mother of the Year,” said museum curator Olive Ricketts. “She is truly an exemplary model of motherhood, and womanhood for that matter.”

Cole has always been willing to lend a helping hand, especially where her daughter, Christie, was concerned. She acted as a volunteer at her daughter’s school, serving as playground coordinator, taking part in various fundraisers and even was active with Christie’s Girl Scout Troop.

No matter where the family lived, Vickie could always be found staying active. In fact, that was a quality she helped impart on her daughter.

After several moves, the Coles returned to Grafton, and can be seen with smiles on their faces serving delicious, homecooked meals to patrons at Jerry’s Restaurant.

When not devoting her time to both the restaurant and her community, Cole enjoys spending time with her family, including her daughter; son-in-law, Todd Collins; six grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Martha Cole Shanabarger.

“Put all of this together and you have a strong family unit who support each other, as well as support the community they live in,” Ricketts voiced.

When asked to rank her job titles, from most important to least, it was not shock that her reply was, “Being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother of six. I’ve held other jobs, but the greatest job I have ever had is being a mother and grandmother!”

The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum will honor Cole during their annual Mother’s Day Founder’s Festival. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 7, in the pavilion at the Pearl Felton Park, across the street from the Anna Jarvis Birthplace in Webster.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., guests will be treated to special music and other activities, but the highlight of the afternoon will be the presentation of Cole as the 2022 Anna Jarvis Homeplace Mother of the Year.

The community is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Ricketts at 304-265-5549. 

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