Ava Reeves of Medford celebrated her 100th birthday with family on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Rogue Regency Inn, and at a reception for friends, family and her church congregation on Saturday, March 13, at the Lozier Lane Baptist Church.
She was born April 12, 1913, in Calhoun County, Miss. She was the sixth of 13 children born to Luther and Mattie Aston. Six of her brothers served in the military at the same time during World War II. She grew up on a farm in a rural community where church and school were their recreation and social events. Growing up, her parents took her to hear and participate in "old harp singing," which she still enjoys today.
She married Walter Reeves, a farmer, in 1928. They had eight children, seven of whom were born on the farm. Walter moved to Ashland in 1955 to work in the woods falling timber. Ava and the youngest children joined him a few months later.
Ava worked at Dumas Laundry and Crystal White Laundry in Medford, and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Ashland. Walter died in 1976, and Ava moved back to Calhoun City to be near her oldest daughter and son, and some of her siblings. She attended the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, where she sang with Just Older Youth (JOYs).
She made quilts all of her life, but switched to making potholders about 20 years ago. She accepts donations for her pot holders and gives all of the proceeds to missions. In 2012, she moved back to the Rogue Valley where she continues to make pot holders and attends Lozier Lane Baptist Church.
"I don't believe in just sitting down and giving up," she said. "I'm going to keep moving."