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MAM Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award
Houston County Courier - March 2009
The Mary Allen Museum will honor Vivian Gardner Lovelady with the Lifetime Achievement Award - 2009 in the Community Room of the First Community Bank on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m.
Mrs. Lovelady, 92, one of Houston County's most respected and outstanding women is being honored for her dedication to education, her alma mater and her community.
She was born on Oct. 4, 1916 to the late Will and Adella Berry Gardner in the Halls Bluff community west of Crockett. She was the ninth of 10 children.
Mrs. Lovelady united with Pleasant Grove Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at age 7 where she has remained a faithful member all of her life; she "loves Sunday school and church services."
She attended elementary school at Salt Branch #2 and high school at Crockett Colored High School and enrolled at Mary Allen Seminary in 1933, graduating in 1935.
She taught school at Salt Branch for two years and substituted for Ralph Bunch High School and Crockett High School for several years.
Mrs. Lovelady met and married Tony Lovelady of the Hopewell Community in May 1937, bore nine children and raised eight to adulthood.
She enjoys being a part of community efforts whenever she is able to attend. She serves as secretary/treasurer for the Jasper Cemetery Association and has served in that capacity for many years.
Her hobbies include reading and "armchair travel" while watching videos or talking to family members or friends who have traveled the globe.
The most surprising thing, about Mrs. Lovelady, according to Roberta Mason, Eliza Bishop and others who know her, is her collection of over 300 bells collected from all over the world; from Alaska to Zimbabwe, from England to Kansas, from China to Florida.
Each bell has a "glorious" history, which she is more than willing to regale for any listener and visitor to her home.