Saturday saw the celebration of a very important birthday. Macie Eades turned 100 on Saturday. Her family, and the community, banded together to help her celebrate.
That day, Eades celebrated with her family in a big get-together. Then, at 2 p.m., a surprise came down the street. Firetrucks, police cars, and citizens of Richmond all drove through Eades’ road to wish her a happy birthday. Mayor Robert Blythe and Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor even stopped by to give Eades more surprises.
One, presented by Blythe, was the key to the city.
“I have a privilege this afternoon to do something I don’t do very often,” Blythe said. “Those people who are, as you are, blessed to live to the age that you have, deserve honor above what any of us really can imagine. On behalf of the people of the city of Richmond, I want to, because you’ve reached the age of 100, give you access to everything the city has.”
Reagan Taylor then presented Eades with two different things. One gift was on behalf of State Representative Deanna Frazier, and was a House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Citation.
“The entire membership joins Representative Frazier in commending Macie for a life lived to the fullest and for the vitality of heart which has brought her thus far,” part of the citation read.
Taylor also presented Eades with a proclamation on behalf of himself and the Madison County Fiscal Court.
The proclamation commended Eades on her life lived in Madison County and shared she was one of nine children raised here. She had two children who were raised in the county as well. She is the grandmother of five, great-grandmother of 16, and great-great-grandmother of four. Eades married Robert Eades in 1943. Her husband was drafted into World War II, and Eades stayed in Madison County to raise her two children.
Mary Sewell, Eades’ daughter, said she was 13-months-old before she met her father. When Robert Eades returned, he and Macie worked on a farm to raise corn, tobacco, hay, and livestock. Later, Macie Eades taught herself to make drapes and reupholster furniture, and she opened a shop locally known as Macie’s Upholstery and Antiques.
Now, Eades is spending her time at home.
Eades told The Register her secret to a long and happy life is to, “Work hard, be happy, and live for the Lord.” She said she has never been one to worry too much.
“I love the world; I love everybody,” Eades said.