The Roary family and the Marin City community threw a party to celebrate the birthdays of Alvenia, Ronnie, and Donnie Roary Friday Dec. 6 at the Manzanita Recreation Center in Marin City.
The party, which lasted from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., was attended by about 60 people who brought the food and drinks for the festivities.
Donnie’s son and daughter – Darnell Roary, from Hemet, California, near Riverside County, and Niesha Roary, from Oakpark, Michigan – came to celebrate their relatives’ birthday.
Alvenia Roary was born Dec. 6, 1951 in Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. She turned 63 and still works with the DUI School in Marin.
Donnie Roary and Ronnie Roary are twins who turned 60. They were born on Dec. 6, 1953 at the Hamilton Air Force Base
Ronnie Roary is a retired heavy machine operator. He volunteers his cooking skills for the Marin City community, where he has been living all his life.
The Roary family moved to Marin City after Alvenia was born. Their father became a cook at Hamilton Air Force Base and also worked on Smitty’s Catering, and at the Trident Restaurant in Sausalito.
Donnie Roary went to work at Smitty’s Catering Truck in Marin City at age 14. He then worked part-time as a cook at Smitty’s Coffee Shop while he was a student at Tamalpais High School.
He worked at the Sausalito Food Company for about 10 years, first as a dishwasher, then as cook. He also worked at Seven Seas in Sausalito, Hickory Pit in Strawberry, Pacific Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco, and at the Outback Steakhouse in Marin City.
Donnie Roary has always volunteered in Marin City, but for the last 13 years, he has been feeding the community with his meat dishes, casseroles and salads. He works hard preparing and cooking food for various community functions, funerals, church engagements, school summer programs, and outdoor festivals.
He also cooks for his mother, who lives in Marin City, and for his church at First Missionary Baptist
According to his pastor, Rondall Leggett, “Donnie has a servant heart and serves with humility and compassion. He takes care of the seniors, the youth, and gives of himself unselfishly. And this has made Donnie Roary a great blessing to Marin City.”