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Posted: June 5, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Sister Mary Kate

The folks of Social Circle are honoring one of their own Saturday night at the city's Welcome Center starting at 6 p.m.

Mary Kate Tribble, a lifelong resident of the city, proudly traces her history back to her mother's family the Shipps, who homesteaded here after receiving property in the government lottery of the early 1800s.

Mary Kate has devoted her life to teaching, having spent 24 of those years teaching anatomy at Georgia Baptist. She still substitute teaches in Social Circle schools.

One of her most rewarding times came when she campaigned for former President Jimmy Carter, even going to New Hampshire to knock on doors.

She has traveled practically around the world, and in every place she has visited, she has sung the praises of her beloved home town.

After an active career, she has kept herself busy by volunteering for the Better Home Town program in Social Circle since its inception in 1998. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, serves on the city's Historic Preservation Commission and is a special member of the Faith Baptist Church, where she is known as Sister Mary Kate.

We have found that people who believe in something special, like Mary Kate believes in the greatness of the city of social Circle and its residents, always stay forever young.

You are welcome to come out and greet this kind and gentle lady this Saturday. If you are hungry, the Better Home Town folks will be offering a chicken dinner for only $6.

It's folks like Mary Kate Tribble who are the true measure of any community - because of her, Social Circle is a wonderful place to live.


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