Minnie Woodruff is 75 years old, and she's lived in Central Florida all those years. From her early memories of childhood to the present, she can tell you every major event to the small details, like where every building once stood.
"We were one of what we called ‘the big families' in Winter Park," she said. "Orlando was what we called ‘the city ‘as it were."
Her house in Winter Park no longer stands, but when it did, it held all eight of her brothers and sisters.
"We were very poor, I have to tell you, but filthy rich in values," Woodruff said.
Her father was a chauffeur and she said her mother was called "the help." She grew up helping her mother clean professors' offices at Rollins College. Minnie was not allowed to attend Winter Park high school. Instead, she took the bus to Hungerford High.
"For six years, I rode the school bus, and for six years I stood up on the bus. That's the way it was," Woodruff said.
But Minnie Woodruff never let it bring her down. Her story isn't unique, yet her achievements are. She speaks proudly of her seven children, all of whom attended college. Collectively, they hold 19 degrees. Two of her daughters are doctors, and she said it was through them that she found her story's title.
She has been inspired to write a book entitled, "My Doctors Can See You Now," which chronicles her life and what is was like to grow up in Central Florida. The title for the book came to her during a visit to one of her daughter's office.
"The nurse came out, and she looked around. She said, 'Mrs. Jones, the doctor can see you now,' and I thought, 'That was my kid!' and that just stayed with me." Woodruff said it filled her heart with joy thinking about what they could do. "They can see anyone. There is nobody whom they shun."
Their ability is a dream Minnie Woodruff said she once had. It is dream her daughters now live.