Dunivin living life to fullest

By Greg Gelpi

Whether helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity or swimming the Australian crawl, 87-year-old Riverdale City Councilwoman Anne Dunivin refuses to let life pass her by.

Earning medals in all three of her swimming events, Dunivin raced to two golds and a silver medal last month at the Senior Golden Olympics, held in Warner Robbins.

"For the first time ever, I feel like I should slow down just a little bit, but that doesn't suit me," Dunivin said. "If I last long enough, I'll enter the national competition two years from now."

Attributing her longevity and zeal for life to her attitude, she doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon.

"This living is really good," she added. "I'm glad that I didn't miss it."

Dunivin learned to swim when she was 10 years old, but didn't pick it up again until a few years ago when her husband passed away. She's had a full life, graduating from Emory University, marrying twice and raising three children.

"I don't even have a hangnail that hurts," Dunivin said. "I'm in better health than most."

Dunivin also serves on the Riverdale City Council, works with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and teaches Sunday school for adults at Riverdale Presbyterian Church.

"If it wasn't for my age I would be ready to campaign again and go door to door," said Dunivin, who has decided to leave politics when her term expires in December.

With Habitat for Humanity, she works on a committee that selects who will receive a house from the organization.

"I don't hammer or build houses," she said laughing.

Despite her busy schedule, she manages to squeeze in two or three weekly swimming sessions at the Forest Park Recreation Complex, and she also hits the weights in the gym as part of her fitness regimen.

"Everyday I'm thankful for life," she said. "Nobody is promised tomorrow, so enjoy each day."