BECKLEY, W.Va. — Elizabeth “Libby” Mills made a deal with her family that if she made it to her 100th birthday, she would ride a motorcycle for the first time.
Saturday afternoon in White Oak, Libby gingerly climbed on the back of her grandson-in-law’s maroon Harley-Davidson and the two took off up the mountain.
Libby, like so many other folks from the region, was born in a coal camp. She went to Woodrow Wilson High School until her father died. That was when she had to help with family expenses by working in the Sprague Company Store.
She met her husband, Lacy Mills, when she was 21 and they raised seven children together.
Libby’s oldest daughter said she was the best mother in the world.
“She got up every morning at five o’clock,” Mary Trail of Virginia said. “She got up every morning and made biscuits and doughnuts to make sure that we always had breakfast.”
Trail said her mother didn’t have an easy life, but it was a good life…