Dining With Duvall by Lynn Duvall
At social events in La Cañada, I often see Mary Gant. She flutters over to me, like a butterfly, and tells a long, winding, wonderful story. Everywhere I go, I look to see if she is there. Last week Mary perched on a chair in her living room for an interview. Mary mentioned that she loves to cook greens. "It's part of my Southern background," Mary said. I expect gracious manners, impeccable grooming and long, fascinating stories from Inez Pickering, because I hear the Carolinas in her voice. I see the same traits in Mary, but I don't notice an accent.
"Southern background?" I asked. Mary replied, "I was born and raised in Virginia."
I laughed at Mary's response to "How did you meet your husband Daryal?" Mary said, "Daryal was in the Army, stationed in Virginia. I worked for the Army. We met on July 27, we were engaged on Aug. 27 and we married Oct. 26. We would have married even sooner, but my mother asked us to wait long enough for her to plan a nice wedding." Mary and Daryal Gant will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary this year.