FLEMINGSBURG — A local woman is celebrating 102 years of life.
According to her family, Irene Vera Shepherd Trimble Reeder, was born in Sardis in 1916 to Smith Chancellor and Katherine Wells Shepherd. She grew up as the middle child of a farmer.
“It was a long time ago,” Reeder said. “They were farmers.”
Reeder grew up with three siblings and now has three children, Shelby Trimble, Katherine Tumey and John Trimble.
“My children have children now,” Reeder said.
Reeder’s daughter-in-law, Garnet Trimble, said Reeder has lived through many presidents and wars.
“She grew up learning the value of family and hard work,” Trimble said. “She’s lived through 18 presidents and seven wars. She has experienced World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the War on Terrorism. The year (Reeder) was born plans had been formalized to build a school in Sardis.”
According to Trimble, Reeder played on the girls basketball team as a high school student while attending Sardis.
Tumey said Reeder and her first husband, John Trimble, ran some stores and he worked as a bus driver.
“They had Angus cows on the farm,” Tumey said. “Daddy also drove the school bus and they owned two little stores, which (Reeder) ran.”
Reeder’s second husband, Thomas Reeder, whom she married after the death of her first husband, was a farmer in Ewing. They raised several things on the farm, including hogs and cows.
Reeder said she does not know what she attributes to her long life, but she has lived a good life.
“She likes to laugh,” Tumey said. “She was quite a cooker. She liked to cook, clean and work in the fields and on the tobacco fields.”
Reeder said she grew potatoes, beans and a little bit of everything in the garden.
“It was good,” Reeder said.
Reeder has three children, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She turned 102 on Sunday, Aug. 19 and a birthday party was held for her on Saturday at the Pioneer Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Flemingsburg.