• Ann Whitaker finds retirement joy in jewelry making
By Linda Green

Big beads, little beads, round beads, peaked beads and colored beads are part of Ann Whitaker’s world.
The 73-year-old McDuffie County resident uses beads to make bracelets that are similar to the renowned Pandora bracelets and charms that can be purchased at high-end stores across the country.
When Whitaker retired from judging horse shows and showing horses, and from 13 years of service at the former McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, she began bracelet making in December to give herself something to do and to supplement her income.
“I cannot just sit and do nothing. I can’t watch television 24 hours a day,” she said. “That bores me to death.”
But it was while searching the Internet for a job that she happened on the idea beads and bracelets. “It is hard to find a job at my age,” she said.
She saw the popularity of Pandora bracelets and she noted the costs. “I saw all these bracelets when they came out and they were so expensive,” Whitaker said. “I saw people were wearing them and collecting them and I said shoot I can make something like that.”

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, May 29, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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