95-Year-Old Collinsville Woman Continues Serving Church, Community After Decades Of Service

Wednesday, December 29th 2021, 12:19 pm


A Collinsville woman has spent her entire 95 years of life-giving to others.

She was a Rosie the Riveter in World War II, the taught children for five decades, and she’s still going strong.

“I fill a set of 30 here, and 30 here, that's 60 sacks," said Cora.

This is where you’ll find Cora McAdoo most days: sorting inside the food room for the Collinsville Church of Christ to give out bags every other Wednesday.

“This month we had three Wednesdays. We really had to work this month!” Miss Cora said.

Everyone calls her Miss Cora.

She's 95 years old and has lived every single day to the fullest.

“I still drive my car and go to church," she said.

Miss Cora grew up on a farm in Southeast Oklahoma.

She got married at 17 after meeting her husband on a Greyhound bus headed to California.

Then, she served in World War 2 as a “Rosie the Riveter.”

“I worked for Bethlehem Steel, I built cargo ships," said Miss Cora. "I was a certified welder and I lived in San Francisco Bay.”

She spent the next several decades as a missionary, and then working with special needs and handicapped children in several states before settling down at Collinsville schools and didn’t retire until her 80s!

“In my lifetime I worked 52 years with handicapped children," she said.

But Miss Cora never really retired.

“I just love helping people. That's what I love to do.”

In the food room downtown, volunteers pass out food.

Volunteers feed about 70 families every other week, thanks to the church and community’s donations.

Walmart often gives them fresh food and Panera supplies the pastries.

“Anybody that needs food-- we don't turn anybody down," she said.

Miss Cora said she has no plans of stopping because she’s not done serving.

“God’s not through with me yet.”