Family of Mary Belvedresi hosts 100th birthday celebration


St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Gallagher Hall was the setting March 16 for the 100th birthday celebration of Mary Belvedresi.

Belvedresi was born March 19, 1913, in Mississippi, the second of eight children of the late Joe and Albina Borgognoni. She has two sisters still living, Liz Battistoni of Reed Springs, Mo., and Carrie Belvedresi of Clarksdale, Miss.

She is the oldest active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, according to family spokesman.

She has two children and six granchildren who honored her with the celebration. Her children are Josephine Eaves (Bill) of Benton and James Belvedresi (Betty) of Pine Bluff. Her grandchildren are Traci Brearley (David) of Gilbertville, Mass., Christina Eaves of Benton, John Belvedresi (Lynda) of Springdale, Donna Hendrix (Ronnie) of Russellville, Tommy Belvedresi (Sheila) of Warren and Michael Belvedresi (Tonya) of Jefferson.

Her great-grandchildren are Matt Hendrix (Sarah) of Heber Springs, Jessica Hendrix of Russellville and Josh Belvedresi (Kali) of Warren. She also has nine great-great-grandchildren — Addie Grace, Lily Claire and Zoey Hendrix, all of Heber Springs; Braxson Kade Belvedresi of Warren, Hannah Lynn Prindle and Brayden James Donnellay, both of Russellville; and Lisa Marie, Katie and Andy Brearley of Gilbertville.

More than 100 people from across the country attended the celebration.