The Valdosta Daily Times
Lula Mae Hundley, 94, was the “knee baby,” born into a family of 13 children, according to her daughter and caretaker Mary Pierce. Being the “knee baby” means that she was the second to last born into a family. She was born and raised in Waynesboro, Miss., and had five brothers and seven sisters.
On Dec. 24, 1932, she married Frank Hundley Sr., and they had 10 children. In the early 1950s, they moved because Frank’s job at a sawmill relocated him to Valdosta, and ever since, Lula Mae Hundley has enjoyed living in this South Georgia community.
Reminiscing about her late husband, who passed in 1976, Hundley said she was extremely proud of him because he worked so hard to provide for his family for such a long time. His hard work allowed Mrs. Hundley to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother, and with 10 children that was a necessary job.
Mrs. Hundley’s favorite part of being a stay-at-home mother was the cooking, while Pierce enjoyed Lula Mae’s baked goods.
“I think the best part was cooking. Cooking for them. I loved that cooking,” Hundley said. “My favorite things to cook were peas, greens, and fried chicken.”
Pierce said, “My favorite thing for her to cook was cakes. She made the best cakes.”
Hundley explained that she loved
baking. Even though her favorite cake is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, her favorite things to bake were pies: sweet potato pies, white potato pies, and little tea cakes.
Now, Hundley has 25 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, and on Feb. 22, she will be celebrating her 95th birthday with her large and loving family.
Today, Hundley’s favorite activities are working word searches, watching her programs, and reading the Bible.
“I love doing my puzzles,” Hundley said. “I just love to do them to keep my mind straightened. I just love them. I really do. And I love reading the Bible, too.”
Her favorite book in the Bible is Revelations because, “it’s about the last days, and you’ve got to be ready for those days,” Hundley said.
Christianity has always played a major role in her life. Pierce recalls going to church every Sunday, and that has not changed through the years; Hundley is still active in her church, Greater Pleasant Temple Baptist Church.
“Living, going to church, and serving God, that’s why I am here today because of serving him,” Hundley said.
“She is a member of Young in Christ, as a mother,” Pierce said. This is a program where she mentors the children in her church.
“I tell them to be good, serve the Lord, and treat everybody right. Everybody,” she said.
To this day, Hundley has a mothering spirit. She loves seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up and helping to raise them. Sometimes her mothering spirt extends beyond her family.
“She’s always saying, ‘If I were able, I’d take that baby, and raise that baby,’” Pierce said. “It doesn’t even have to be hers or her grandchildren, she just loves children.”
Lula Mae Hundley proves that having a mothering spirit is more than just raising your children, it extends to all children. She truly cares for and wants the best for all of the young in the world.