South Shore mom to celebrate her 106th birthday August 15th

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By Chinta Strausberg
 The daughter of Mississippi farmers, Magnolia Jennings has spent most of her life being a housewife and mother of three, but on Thursday, August 15, 2013, she will have one of her biggest birthday’s when she turns 106-years-old.

A resident at the Waterfront Terrance, 7750 South Shore, since 2005, Jennings is having a birthday party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday in the lower level of the Waterfront Terrace, according to Ruby Morris, marketing director for the Waterfront Teerrace.

Born to Maggie and Joseph Spencer in Tchela, Mississippi, Jennings is one of seven children. Her sister, Thelma Montgomery, is currently 88-years-old and resides in Las Vegas with her daughter, Elaine Ennols.

Jennings attended school in Tchela, Mississippi where she only went to the fourth grade. She returned to complete her education.

In 1945, Jennings moved to Chicago’s South Side where she married Curtis Jennings. The couple had three children, Curtis Jennings, Jr., Myrtle Hatcher and Ella Mae, who died at the age of 3, all of whom preceded her in death. her husband passed in 1997.

Asked if she can remember any racism in Mississippi, Jennings said she could not recall any instances of racism. A Christian, she remembers being very good with young adults and was very committed to her ministry.

When asked if she voted for Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, Jennings said she was very happy to cast her vote for Obama.

For further information, call Ruby Morris, Marketing director for Waterfront Terrace, at: 773.294.3818.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at:

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