The New Pittsburgh Courier has happily learned that Deaconess Gertie Mae Vance turned 100 years young on May 19!
Born May 19, 1921, to the late Homer D. Rush and Minerva Rush in Parkdale, Arkansas, her parents were owners of a cotton field and corner family store.
Ms. Vance married her school sweetheart Robert Vance, and they were married 57 years until his passing.
Robert and Gertie migrated to the north in 1943 with their young family. They raised five children; three sons and two daughters.
They resided in St. Clair Village and remained there until 1973.
Ms. Vance currently resides in the Sheraden area.
It’s also important to note that Ms. Vance has been a faithful member of St. Luke Baptist Church since 1945.
Ms. Vance (everybody knows her as Gertie) is a mother, grandmother to 18, great-grandmother to 28 and great-great grandmother to 5. She’s an aunt, godmother, dedicated friend and a loving mom to many and, of course, a child of God.
She contributes her longevity to her faith and strength from God and eating good old soul food.