Centenarian flooded with birthday cards as she celebrates birthday

Cyndie Abshire of Liberty embraces her aunt, Mary Reesby during a 100th birthday celebration for Reesby in Webster.

Mary Reesby, aunt of Cyndie Abshire of Liberty, has seen and experienced an enormous number of changes in the world over the past 100 years. She became an official centenarian on Aug. 3.

Born in Galveston, the eldest of eight siblings, Mary worked as a beautician and a florist for many decades.  She married, had two sons, has resided in Galveston County for most of her life and led an independent lifestyle until August 2017.

Her most recent hurdle was during Hurricane Harvey where she lost her home in Dickinson along with all its contents.  But that did not break her spirit; she even has a T-shirt she wears proudly to announce that she is a Hurricane Harvey survivor.

According to Abshire, Mary delights in the retelling of her family history and is proud to be a BOI (Born on the Island).  She has wonderful memories and stories of the island. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Houston Astros to this day, watching as much as possible.

Mary Reesby has received 153 birthday cards so far.To honor Mary, Abshire and other family members invited their friends and extended family members to fill her snail-mail box with birthday cards. So far, she’s received 153 birthday cards.  This activity brought her a lot of joy and welcomed attention.  They had a big party for Mary in the Assisted Living Center where she lives.   Many lifelong friends and family attended and celebrated 100 years of life.

“As I reminisce about Aunt Mary, the floodgates open with wonderful memories of summer fun, camping adventures, holiday get-togethers, and family stories.  When I’m with her, it feels like somebody spilled a bucket of love and joy all over.  I can only hope to live such a full and happy life as her.  Happy Birthday, Aunt Mary!” Abshire said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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