96-year-old metro Atlanta woman puts sewing skills to work to help nurses

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Nancy Williams has been sewing since she was a little girl. That’s saying something, because she’s 96-years old.

But what she’s making with a needle and thread today is protecting lives.

“My daughter says it’s like a ‘war effort.’ It’s for the virus. And I hand them to anyone who wants one.”

From her room at the Retreat at Loganville senior living community, Miss Nancy is sewing masks for the entire staff.

“Her mother was a seamstress in Vienna, Georgia where mother grew up. Mother picked it up back then, because they made everything they wore,” Williams’ daughter Joan Ottinger said.


Ottinger told Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen her mom’s sewing machine has always been her sidekick.

Back in the day, Miss Nancy even made clothes for Miss Georgia winners who went on to the Miss America pageant.

But now she’s sewing for the healthcare professionals at her senior living center and her own grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the medical field.

It all means very much to her family.

“We’re very proud of her," Ottinger said.

Miss Nancy says she has made 150 masks so far. Her work has only just begun.

“I hope I can make enough. I can’t make enough for the whole world, but maybe I can make enough for the people around us here," she said.