38-4. Nonagenarian Notions: Geraldyne Zimmerman and Dorothy Wilson

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These are the two centenarian bridge players who belonged to, respectively, the “As You Like It” Bridge Club of Orangeburg, South Carolina and the “As You Like It” Bridge Club of Battle Creek, Michigan. s. 

As explained under 1. Bridge in this blog#38, I’ve been intrigued by that “As You Like It” bridge phrase for quite a while–kept running into it here and there,  mostly in obituaries, and wondered  how and where it started? Was it used to designate a sociable bridge club?

As to Dorothy and Geraldyne . . .

Dorothy V. Wilson http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/battlecreek/obituary.aspx?n=dorothy-v-wilson&pid=138353824

Not only was she a member of the “As You Like It” Bridge Club, but also a member of the DAR. She had served in the U.S. Army for 25 years,working as a member of its Finance & Accounting Department.  She passed away January 2010 less than a year short of her hundredth birthday on November 17, 1910.

Geraldyne Inez Pierce Zimmerman  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2011-03-04/html/CREC-2011-03-04-pt1-PgE422-4.htm and http://thetandd.com/news/orangeburg-icon-geraldyne-zimmerman-dies-at-age/article_a4700fec-63b3-11e0-99b1-001cc4c03286.html

The first link is to the Congressional Record–a senator from South Carolina lauded Geraldyne on her hundredth birthday. She passed away about a month after that date, in April 2011. She has a long record of achievments–too many to list here–in education, teaching, community activities beginning in 1932 at a time there were “limited opportunities available to African American women.” Included in clubs listed is “a founding member of the “As You Like It” Bridge Club.

Geraldyne might be my best clue to start exploring where that phrase came from, given her prominence. There is even a biography–Ahead of Her Time in Yesteryear: Geraldyne Pierce Zimmerman Comes of Age in a Southern African American Family, by Kibibi V. Mack-Shelton, published in 2010, the year before her birthday and her passing.

  Ahead of Her Time in Yesteryear: Geraldyne Pierce Zimmerman Comes of Age in a Southern African American Family
by Kibibi V. Mack-Shelton

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to 38-4. Nonagenarian Notions: Geraldyne Zimmerman and Dorothy Wilson

  1. Hi Maggy – I’ve just bought your book and that is how I found your website. I live in South Africa but lived in New York back in the 1950’s [I have a way to go to catch up with you, but am getting there]. Think you are incredible writing, playing and doing it all. Keep it up. I’m going to work my way through your other blogs.
    Best wishes
    Barbara

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