After testing life in the Northeast, Mary Spencer returned to her birthplace, Rehoboth, where her family owns the only currently operating business, Abrams Grocery.
I was Mary Abrams, born in Rehoboth. This is where I was born in 1949. My mother's name was Daisy Pettway and my father's name was Otis Abrams. The Abrams store was started by my brother Johnny and my brother Otis Abrams Jr. My parents were farmers, farmed cotton, corn, peas, okra, watermelon, cucumbers. As soon as I got big enough to do something in the field, I started in the field and went on until I was about sixteen. Then I left home, and was glad to leave to get out of the field.
I went to New York and lived with my two sisters up there. I got a job and went to work in a coat factory. I wasn't sewing, but was more like a "floor girl." I came back home when I was twenty-two. I just wanted to come home. Then I met my husband, Roosevelt Spencer, met him and from then on it was me and him. But we didn't farm. He worked in the pulpwood business.
I made my first quilts when I was real young, still at home, about twelve or thirteen. My mother made quilts and that's how I learned. When I first started out I was just putting pieces together, but later on I worked up at the quilting bee and come to prefer patterns. I had a bunch of old quilts, but my husband burnt them up back a while ago. We was thinking they was good for nothing.