She hopes to start volunteering in other areas soon.
"I'm busy every day," she said. "I move more slowly than I did."
Blackwell has been featured in several Daily Mail articles over the years.
On Oct. 14, 1947, she claimed the title of Miss Kanawha Majorette at the very first Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette Festival. She said her mother told her it was the orange satin uniform that made her stand out on the field among 75 high-stepping, baton twirling girls.
She was head majorette at South Charleston High and her mother made all of her uniforms.
Meredith's interests are more geared to sports such as softball and volleyball.
Meredith, a senior this year, is considering a career in pharmacy. With a 4.5 grade point average, she has her eye on Stanford University.
Blackwell, who is a widow, is the mother of David French of North Carolina, Jean Tucker of Pennsylvania, Sandy French of Kentucky and Judy Cain of Dunbar, who is Meredith's mother. Meredith's father is Reginald Cain of South Charleston.
Blackwell has eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with another on the way.
She is still beautiful with her silver hair and slender frame, and she has an outgoing personality.
Blackwell said Meredith is beautiful inside and out.
"She is an unusual child," the grandmother said. "She's such a good student. She never went through the terrible teen years. She is as sweet as she can be."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.