Ona Mae “Billie” Chambers celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a reception at the May Community Center.   

Chambers was born in 1917 in Fisher County, Texas. She moved to May in the 1930s and was married there at age 20.    

Her daughter Lavay is her primary caregiver today. “She put five children through the May school over a whole long time,” Lavay Chambers said. “Three of us, Danny, Clayton and I were older, and then she waited 13 years … and had two more children [Clendon and Wanelle]. So it was kind of like sending two families through school. Of course, they were involved in everything.   

“That sister of mine volunteered Mom for everything. If something needed to be done, Mom would do it,” she said.   

Her son Danny said Billie was a product of the Depression and, with five kids, learned quickly how to “stretch a dollar.”   

“She learned to do with a little bit and do everything she could,” he said.    

Photos throughout the room and a video slideshow showcased Chambers’ long and vibrant life. With her generous spirit and a large and ever-expanding group of relatives, Billie Chambers has built a proud and lasting legacy in May and throughout the region.