Mary Lee Roberts Wayne, a resident, celebrated her 101st birthday Aug. 5, 2021.
A family celebration was held at the home of her youngest daughter, the Rev. Sandra Campbell an ordained Unity minister (retired FAA).
Being able to celebrate with her family was the highlight. Attending were her son Grady Wayne Jr. (retired KCKPD lieutenant) and daughter Marie Wayne Watson (retired KCK USD 500 teacher) and a few of her many grands, great-grands and great-great grands.
Mary Lee Roberts Wayne, a Kansas City resident celebrated her 101st birthday Aug. 5, 2021.
Wayne received many birthday gifts, cupcakes, a fried fish dinner; a bingo game; along with many flowers, balloons, and cards. There was laughter, music, singing, hand clapping, toe-tapping and happy tears.
She also received two proclamations – state of Kansas House of Representatives and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County – Kansas City, Kansas.
And one special gift was a signed Royals “101” jersey.
The UG proclamation read: “Mary has been a resident of Wyandotte County for more than 70 years. She was born in Strong, Arkansas; married Grady Wayne Sr. in 1938, moved to the Dotte from Marion, Louisiana in 1950. Mary Lee Roberts Wayne is matriarch of 5 generations including her 3 children; 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 27 great-great grandchildren and dozens of nieces, nephews and relatives.”
Wayne has lived through and risen above many challenges in her lifetime, including racism and oppression, personal tragedy, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Jim Crow era, civil rights movement, Vietnam War and many other life changing events. The Kansas state proclamation congratulated Mary Lee Wayne on achieving her milestone birthday with hope for continued health and happiness.
Family members said they are happy that she is a living testimony of how to live a good life.