More than 350 family and friends gathered at the home of Mary Lee Ivey last Sunday to help her celebrate her 100th birthday. Mrs. Ivey was born on June 5, 1014, and credits her long life to God.
“I do not get up in the morning until I send thanks to my heavenly father for such another blessed day.”
Mrs. Ivey was married to the late Henry Ivey, Sr., and they had seven children together. She has five living children, 47 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, 31 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild, a total of 155 grand descendants. Some family members came from as far away as Alaska, while others came from Alabama, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri.
Mrs. Ivey has resided in the same house on Ivey Road, between the Logtown and Salem communities, for the past 78 years. She recalled times of plowing gardens, raising hogs and cattle, growing fruit, and being a big contributor to the farmers’ markets. Mrs. Ivey said her husband decided who would do what.
“He told me, ‘I will handle the outside duties and you take care of the inside of the house and duties.’”
Mrs. Ivey is a member of Logtown Bethel AME church, and continues to work with missionaries. She was a member of the Trustee Board, sang in the choir, worked with the food ministry, Sunday school teacher, and was church secretary for 34 years. She resigned her position in January 1996.
Her hobbies include fishing and reading the Bible daily. One of her favorite scriptures is, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1-2)
The Ivey family and friends celebrated her birthday with an outdoor lunch and birthday cakes, and featuring speeches, music, wagon rides and horseback rides for the children. They plan to gather again next year to celebrate her 101st birthday.