1908 – Born on March 7th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Miss Oseola McCarty the humble washerwoman who became the University of Southern Mississippi’s most famous benefactor.
1918 – She had to dropout of the sixth grade to help her mom take care of her ailing aunt.
1994 – She washed and ironed clothes for over 5 decades and officially retired when she was 75 years old. Arthritis in her hands forced her to give up work.
1995 – She donated life’s savings to endow scholarship fund for students at University of Southern Mississippi.
1996 – She was invited to the White House by the President and was asked to carry the Olympic Torch for the Olympics.
– A collection of McCarty’s views on life, work, faith, saving, and relationships can be found in her book, Simple Wisdom for Rich Living, published by Longstreet Press.
1997 – She got to live out her dream when she received and honorary doctorate from University of Southern Mississippi and Harvard University.
– She was also a recipient of the Community Heroes Award from the National Urban League, the Premier Black Woman of Courage Award from the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners, and the Achiever Award from the Aetna Foundation.
1998 – Awarded an honorary degree from Southern Mississippi.
1999 – She passed away on September 26th after a bout with cancer.