Mary Lou Knisley Turns 100 Years Old Today


The woman who founded Knisley’s Hillsboro Bowl and still worked there regularly until the pandemic turns 100 years old today.

Mary Lou Knisley of Hillsboro, affectionately referred to as “Grandma,” is celebrating her centennial birthday on Thursday, Jan. 14.

She founded Knisley’s Hillsboro Bowl in 1949 and has worked there regularly for 51 years–even as a 99-year-old, before the start of the pandemic.  Bowlers know her as a fixture in the community–either behind the desk at the bowling alley or driving around town in her bright red Ford Mustang–and appreciate her sweet southern laugh and her dedication to work. In addition to the bowling alley, she also owned Weingand Shoe Store and the produce stand.

She has three children, Ronald Lee, Carolyn Sue, and Gene; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Born just after the pandemic that began in 1918, she has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and now the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  She is spending her time relaxing at home and watching “The Price is Right” along with the latest news.

Her family, and her community, join in wishing her a happy 100th birthday.


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