Age Is Just A Number For The Mayor Of Marked Tree, Arkansas

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( - A woman in one small delta town is a reminder that age is only a number. It's believed the mayor of Marked Tree, Arkansas, is currently the oldest serving mayor in the state.

Marked Tree is 40 miles northwest of Memphis. If you go to city hall, you'll find Mayor Mary Ann Arnold sitting in the mayor's office.

"I think I'm 18, 20, but I'm 90," said Arnold. She goes to work every day, running the small community of 2500 people.

"The only time I have trouble is when I have a difficult city council meeting and I mumble to myself, ’I asked for this’," said Arnold.

Arnold's been in office four years. At 86-years-old, she ran for the post, hoping to make Marked Tree a better place.

"I felt like it was an opportunity to help get some things done for this city."

Arnold’s message to people? "Life is to be lived to its fullest. We have a lot of responsibilities regardless of who we are in life and you can either live it to its fullest and be happy with your situation, or you can be miserable," said Arnold.

Not only is she Marked Tree's first woman mayor, she's believed to be the oldest mayor currently serving in the state. "I don't know. I'm scared to find out ‘cause I don't want a big issue made of it," said Arnold.

She says she loves her job but says won't be running for re-election. When her term is up, she says it will be time to retire.

"I'm pretty mature. I'm having trouble with my legs. It's frustrating when you mature and I don't say that other word," said Arnold.



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