AMHERSTDALE, W.Va. — Mary Brown of Amherstdale on Buffalo Creek celebrated her 107th birthday Monday, July 4, with family and friends.
Mrs. Brown was born July 4, 1909, at Forest City, N.C. She came to West Virginia at the age of nine where she lived at Holden, being raised by her aunt. Mrs. Brown and her husband of 75 years, the late Walter Brown, had seven children — four girls and three boys. She has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The Browns moved to Braeholm on Buffalo Creek in the 1960’s. In 1972, they lost their home in the Buffalo Creek disaster. The family then moved to Proctor Bottom at Amherstdale where she now lives.
“If it wasn’t for the Lord I would have been gone a long time ago,” Mrs. Brown said. “I have good days and bad days. I have some knee problems and some arthritis, but I trust in God who has brought me through it all.”
Mrs. Brown says her day begins around 9 a.m.
“’I get up around 9 a.m. and fix me some toast and coffee. For lunch I have Graham Crackers with cream cheese and a light sandwich,” Mrs. Brown said. “My favorite foods are greens, chitlins, buttermilk and cornbread. Go to bed around 10 or 10:30 at night.”
Mrs. Brown attributes her long life to God’s blessings.
“You should treat people right, go to church and worship the Lord and He will take care of you just like He has me over the years,” Mrs. Brown said. “It hasn’t been peaches and cream but the faith I have in the Lord and trust in God is most important thing in life. I have God, my family and my friends and that means so much to me. God has really blessed me.”