A local icon, Mattie Borders is turning 99 years old and, to celebrate, a group of friends and family is giving her a reception from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 26, at the downtown location of Citizens National Bank of Texas in Waxahachie.

“It’s all arranged and we will have refreshments and we are expecting a lot of friends from the community to come by and greet her,” said Robbie Frazier, who is spearheading the event.

Born in Calvert, Texas, near Bryan-College Station in 1912, Borders and her family have been residents of Waxahachie since Dec. 3, 1918, when she and her husband, Roy Lee, who was a mortician in Waxahachie for many years, joined Samaria Missionary Baptist Church of Waxahachie, where she is still an active member.

Borders continues to amaze her friends and neighbors with her keen eyesight and boundless determination to keep busy and to keep moving.

“I sat here in this chair in my living room and told one of my neighbors to look at a squirrel out (across the street),” she said with a chuckle. “I still have great eyesight and all I use glasses for is to read small print.”

She received her funeral director’s license in 1942 and worked continually in Borders Funeral Home, which was located on Murdock Street in Waxahachie. She continued to work until about four years ago. Borders was named Waxahachie’s First Lady in 1990.

Mattie never had children of her own, but took many young people “under her wing” through the years who regarded her as a mother/grandmother. She’s been called “Aunt Mattie” by many.

“There are a couple of ladies who live down the street from me and every year, each of them come to see me on my birthday and each gives me $100,” she said. “I always buy something and then always tell them what I spent it on.”

Continuing to be independent, not only does Borders live in her home, which she had built when she was 50 years old, she continues to drive, noting however she has all but quit driving in Dallas.

 “It’s just getting to difficult to drive up there,” she said. “I doubt that I’ve made more than two or three trips up there since I had surgery in 2009,” she said.

For further information about Border’s birthday celebration, contact Frazier at 214-429-6260.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.