Local woman becomes a centenarian
On August 12, 1918, Ethel McComb, known as Ms. Dreda to her friends and church, was born. On August 12, 2018 she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her friends and family.
Ms. Dreda “never imagined” she would live to be 100 years old. She is a mother of three, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of six. Despite her being a century old she is still very active. She has a garden that she actively cares for and up until two years ago she was still driving. She is also a very active member of her church, Hebron Baptist.
She started going to Hebron Baptist when she was just 12 years old. She has been a member for over 88 years at the same church. During her time as a member she has taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and recently on her birthday she gave her testimony of faith to the congregation.
Ms. Dreda says that her favorite passage of scriptures is Psalms 23, as it has gotten her through a lot of difficult times, such as losing her husband. Her favorite hymn is ‘Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves’. She says that her best advice for life is to “learn how to serve the master”. Ms. Dreda says that her faith is very important to her and as been throughout her life.
She is most amazed with how much has changed over the past 100 years. She said that she remembers a time when she knew people that did not even have electricity and now technology has come so far.
Ms. Dreda says that she is doing good and that she is happy. She would like to thank her friends, family, the church, and even her doctors for their love and support.
Ethel McComb, also known as Ms. Dreda, at two years
old on the left and 100 years old on the right.