Madrid Loyd Williams was born January 16, 1911, in Aragon, Georgia to Mary Samford Loyd and Horace Cleveland Loyd who were farmers. Farming was difficult in that area and the family moved to Menlo, Georgia several years later where Mr. Loyd took a job as a traveling carpenter. After several jobs and three more children, the Loyds moved to Macon in 1923 so that Horace could work on the Bibb County Courthouse and Auditorium. Her mother took in sewing and the family rented out rooms in the house, but money was scarce. Madrid was an excellent student, but as the oldest child, she dropped out of school and went to work to help with family expenses. She eventually trained as a secretary and worked at the law firm of Harris, Harris, Russell and Weaver in Macon where she mastered a variety of duties.
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