It was an extension of the Academy for Lifetime Learning at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which she also helped start after retiring from the curriculum department at Huntsville High School in 1993.
They attended the Episcopal Church of the Nativity before helping found St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in 1962. They are now active members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
But life hasn't always been a bowl of cherries for the Comptons, who have three grandchildren. She is a 10 year breast cancer survivor and he was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor last December after suffering two seizures and a stroke.
"I just love education and love to provide quality programs," said Mary, who has been married to her college sweetheart, Alan, for nearly 58 years.
Meanwhile, Mary was busy raising the couple's three children Greg, Lisa and Jeff in southeast Huntsville where Alan designed and hand built one of the first houses on Jones Valley Drive. They lived there 28 years before downsizing and moving to the area of Providence.
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"The most important things are my faith, family, friends and country," she said.
He moved with his "bride" as he still calls Mary, to Huntsville on Feb. 14, 1955. After leaving the Army, Alan was hired as a civilian and worked with the Army for 30 years.
LearningQUEST, which offers classes daily at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library main branch, quickly grew to more than 500 adult participants of all ages. It offers a variety of classes ranging from African Adventures to Writing Your Life Story. It also offers day trips and other activities at nominal New Balance Turf Shoes 4040v2
graduated in June of 1954, they married in August and he began his career as an architectural engineer before being drafted into the Army. Following a basic officer training program, Alan was offered a chance to move to Huntsville for a year long training program in guided missile New Balance For Boys engineering.
Alan, 80, and Mary, 77, met while attending the University of Minnesota where he earned an architectural engineering degree. She was studying to be an elementary school teacher and only lacked doing her student teaching when she decided against a teaching career.
"She was in over her head," Alan said with a laugh. "So I said I would be the registrar."
While it may have slowed down most people, Alan continues volunteering with LearningQUEST and even plays volleyball three times a week. Despite the long odds of survival, Alan believes he can beat them especially with his "bride" at his side.
It didn't take long for Alan to get on board with LearningQUEST.
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