Mary Factory is turning 100 years old on January 17, with her family and friends planning a birthday celebration in Oklahoma City to recognize the local woman’s life and achievements.
She was born Mary Matilda Johnson on January 17, 1919 in Blocker. She is the oldest remaining sibling of seven born to Melvina and Jess Johnson and was raised by her aunt Rebecca and Henry Owens.
She graduated from Vernon High School class of 1940. She married John Lewis Factory, of Krebs, in 1941, and the couple had seven children.
Mary Factory belongs to, and has been a member of, Mount Triumph Baptist Church in McAlester for more than 75 years. She is called the Mother of the Church.
Factory is very active in her home where she loves cooking, reading and takes care of her financial business. She also loves telling about her life experiences and mentoring to young family members.
Always interested in what’s going on, she loves traveling and staying abreast of current events.
Factory worked many jobs in her life. She worked for North American Rockwell (Boeing) in McAlester from 1964 until 1975. While working there she received the highest honor from the North American Space Administration, also known as NASA: the Apollo Achievement Award.
This award was for her dedicated service to the nation as a member of the team which advanced the nation’s capabilities in aeronautics and space. She demonstrated her work in many outstanding ways as an electric assembler and her accomplishments culminated in Apollo 11’s successful achievement of man’s first moon landing on July 20, 1969.
Factory is expected to receive proclamations from the state of Oklahoma and the city of McAlester recognizing her 100th birthday.
Her children, Robert (Val) Factory , Cynthia (Darryl) Davis, Karen (Quintin) Salmond, Patricia (Richard) Adams, Margie Factory and the rest of her family say they are very proud of her and her accomplishments .
The 100 year Celebration will be Saturday, January 19, at the Renaissance Waterford Hotel in Oklahoma City.