Festus Grandmother Made Her Mark In History

FESTUS, MO (KTVI)– As the nation pauses to honor our veterans today we also pay tribute to a real life ‘Rosie the Riveter.’

Meet 93-year-old Mary Elma Smith better known as ‘Rosie the Riveter.’

Smith repaired war ships in California during World War II helping our soldiers in battle overseas.

A young mother, Smith like millions of women at the time, left her daughter at home to work in factories producing ammunition, airplanes, and ships to support the war effort.

Smith is a national treasure, made her country and family proud.

And if needed, Smith says she wouldn’t hesitate to answer the call to help again even now.

Smith will be 94-years-old next week.

She’s believed to be the oldest living Rosie. Her family says the veteran’s museum in San Diego, California plans to honor her with an exhibit about the women who made a tremendous contribution during World War II and inspired the iconic symbol ‘Rosie the Riveter.’