Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
COMMEMORATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF IRIS BARTLEY; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 204
(House of Representatives - December 17, 2019)
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[Page H10605] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMEMORATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF IRIS BARTLEY (Mr. COMER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. COMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay special recognition to Ms. Iris Bartley from my hometown of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. While many may begin slowing down when they reach this incredible milestone, that is not who Iris is. A mother of 4, grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 30, and great-great-grandmother of 7, Iris can still be found weed-eating at her home and teaching Sunday school at my church, First Baptist in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. An accomplished musician, she is also known for her famous singing and guitar playing. After opening a beauty shop in her own home in the mid-1940s, Iris was a hairstylist in Tompkinsville until retiring at the young age of 92. Born and raised on a farm, she never forgot the values of hard work, faith, and family. She has always lived out those values while also instilling them in her children and their families. While I know she still has many good years left, I, nonetheless, wanted to take this time to honor Iris for reaching the century mark. I am honored to represent someone as respected as Iris, along with the rest of my constituents in the First Congressional District. ____________________