Audrey Marie Frazier was born into an average family in the mill town of Anniston, Alabama in 1933, and from the time she was born she was raised to expect more. Her family made sure she completed high school, which was a feat for women of that time. She was encouraged to develop herself as an individual, so that she could have more than what her parents did. Marie’s family was less than thrilled when she fell in love with Frank Hilley. Frank went to high school with her, before leaving town to join the Navy.
Frank and Marie stayed in touch, and when she turned 18, Frank came to town on leave so that they could be married.