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First Annual Luncheon/Tea Sister Gladys Ivory’s First Lady Emeritus Award – August 8th

Rev. Jeffery Ivory Sr.  and Mrs. Gladys IvoryPastor White and Grace Baptist Family will be giving an honorary luncheon for Sis. Gladys Ivory, 1st Lady Emeritus. The Celebration will be on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate her 40 years of dedicated service not only to Grace Baptist Church but to the entire Peoria area. The cost is free. The colors are red, white and pink or any combination. Women are asked to wear hats and gloves but not required.

If you have any questions contact the church at 309-673-9715.

First Lady Emeritus Gladys Ivory was born in York, Alabama. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the early age of seven.  While under the guidance of the late Reverend O.B. Wilson she met and married the late Rev. Jeffery Ivory, Sr. To this union of 59.5 years, eight children were born. Sister Ivory, her husband and their first child Jeffery, Jr. moved to Peoria in 1955. They immediately made Grace Baptist their new church home.  Sister Ivory was a very active member in the church choir and mission ministry.  

The Lord called her husband to the ministry and he was ordained as an associate minister under the leadership of the late Reverend Whitehead. As the Ivory family began to grow, so did the dutifulness (willingness to do what is expected or required) of them.  They did so without hesitation and to the best of their capabilities. Sister Ivory was a member of the choir for 40 years and past president of mission ministry.  Reverend Jeffery Ivory, Sr. was called to be the Pastor of Grace in 1968.  Sister Ivory was very proud to inherit the title, First Lady of Grace Baptist.

Over the years, Sister Ivory has been a mentor and confidant to young women of the Grace and the Peoria community. She has always said to call her if you need her and that you are always welcome to a home cooked meal. Sister Ivory is a soft spoken woman, but when asked to speak at events, she causes a churning in listeners to praise God. She always ended her talks with a soulful hymn, which makes one stand and sing along.  Her favorite hymn is “I’ve Got a Mind to Live for Jesus.”

Sister Ivory lost the love of her life in May of 2013.  The days, months and years since Rev. Ivory’s passing have been difficult, but she presses on with memories of him and the belief that she will see him again around the throne of God, but she “Won’t Complain.”