BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- Mary Cox Anthony has worked in the school system since 1987 and currently works in the cafeteria at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary.
"I enjoy being among people and I love working with the children," said Mary Cox Anthony.
The students know her as Ms. Mary.
"She's a really kind person, she is more kind than anybody else that I know and that's what I love about her. She's a really good person," said 5th grader, Isela Murilo.
Several of her students say they remember her as the happy and kind lady.
"She is the person that you look up to," said Cheri Chaney, 5th grade teacher. "No matter how she felt, she loved those kids. she'd smile at them. No matter what, Ms. Mary has a smile on her face."
Ms. Mary is also a cancer survivor, eight years and counting.
"That was unexpected, but I survived and I'm doing fine," said Anthony.
Anthony says that she never wants to feel bad for herself. She said sad things happen in life and you just have to move on.
"She has a great sense of humor, she'll always make you laugh," said Pauletha Butts, family friend and special education teacher.
"I'm grateful to be alive and I am happy and thankful that I know who did this, that was the Lord, His mercy and His kindness," said Anthony.
Her love of God inspired her to write poetry and music hoping one day someone will sing her work titled "Inspirational Words of Wisdom by Mary Cox Anthony." "I'm determined to find a way," she said.
Most of her songs are inspired by the children she's met over her 30 years working in schools.
"We have almost 500 kids here. Ms. Mary knows every kid in this building," said Chaney.
For her courage, kindness, and community service we honor Ms. Mary as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.
"I really try to do on to others as I'd have them do on to me. So, I really try to be nice," said Anthony. "I'm a hometown hero. This is my home."