Randolph County woman celebrated her 100th birthday

Iness Marie Ward
Iness Marie Ward

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - To reach 100 years old is a remarkable feat of longevity. In 1912 the Titanic took hundreds of lives to the bottom of the sea. In Black Rock Iness Marie Holobaugh took her first breath.

The former Miss Holobaugh now Mrs. Iness Marie Ward celebrated her birthday at the Randolph County Nursing Home being wheeled in to her party by her son, her "favorite" son, Jamie Ward.

A huge 100 covered with family pictures, a cake and over 100, 100 year birthday cards covered a table.

"The hardest job was diapering and taking care of six kids." Ward says. She worked at the Browning Shoe Factory in Pocahontas for 23 years starting when her youngest child started school.

"I sewed so many shoes." Ward says. "I used to go to work barefoot."

Ward married at 16. "I was just a little silly girl." she says with a grin. Her marriage to Doyle Ward Lasted 66 years producing 5 girls and one son.

I asked her what she remembered most about her life. She thought a minute then said "Riding to church in a wagon filled with straw and covered with a blanket." She paused for just a second. "My I am old ain't I!"

Her son Jamie said he learned really good things from his mother.

"To be patient, and to try your best to show love like she does."

At the birthday celebration she blew out the "100" on the cake and smiled for photographs. 3 of her daughters were there but they are only part of the equation. Ward has 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Quite a legacy to leave behind.

Ward says, "I don't talk about my age much. But I got to looking so old, see my hair got gray and I had to tell the truth."

And that's something to brag about. Happy Birthday, Iness.

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