By 1910, Mae's father James no longer owned his own farm but was instead listed on the census as a farm laborer and employee. Mae was 18 years old, living at home, as was her 15 year old sister, and had no listed occupation.
In 1920,Mae's brother, James Arthur, had married a young woman from Siloam Springs, Howell County, named Bertha E. Priddy, and had a farm of his own not far from where his parents lived. Mae was still living at home with her parents, now just the three of them.
Mae was 39 years old in the 1930 census. She was living with her aging parents and had no occupation. Her father was now a 60 year old tenant farmer.