Sugar Grove resident Marilyn McConnaughay, 65, was at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle's Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? Lily Lake.
Are you related to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay? Through marriage.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Meryl Streep.
First job? I was a car hop at Woody's Drive-In in Sycamore when I was 15.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher, but I decided to be a hair dresser and that is what I did for 45 years. I used to work at the Holmstad – loved my job, loved the people.
A book you'd recommend? Any book by Ken Follett.
Guilty pleasure? Eating.
Favorite charity? The American Parkinson Disease Association. My husband had Parkinson's for 13 years, and I was his caregiver.
Hobbies? Reading, cross stitch. I play piano, and I play bridge.
Favorite local restaurant? The Bliss Creek Golf Club in Sugar Grove.
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met my late husband David when I was 21 at St. Charles Bowl. I was bowling with my family, and his friend set him up to meet me without telling me. Then he asked me out, and we fell in love immediately.
What else? I live on 5 acres, and I just bought a new riding mower, a Ferris, 28-horsepower Kawasaki engine and zero turn, 61-inch cut. It's wonderful. I love it. I don't wear a helmet; I just go like heck. It used to take me six and a half hours to mow 5 acres; now it only takes three.