"Aunt Orlene" was born in 1837 and her story to many is a perfect strength of Appalachian women in the 1800 and the early 1900's. For over seven decades, Mrs. Puckett served as a midwife, and assisted in the birth of over 1000 babies. She was well known throughout the mountains of Southern Virginia and continued to serve as a midwife until her death in 1939 at the age of 102. What makes the seventy plus years as a midwife in the rural mountains remarkable is the tragedy of the loss of 24 of her own children between 1862 and 1881. Many of her children were stillborn and none of her children survived infancy.