Florence Elsie Nicholson Hunter, or “G.G.” to close friends and family members, has been saying her goal was to celebrate her 100th birthday.
G.G., formerly a Bearden resident, met her goal Thursday, July 13, when she celebrated with a dinner and then had a party Saturday, July 15, in Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care in the Cedar Bluff area. Clayton Brewer, an Arbor Terrace resident, wrote a poem for the occasion.
Born the year World War I was raging in 1917, G.G. has lived through the Great Depression, World War II and was part of the generation that “created a lot of the benefits we enjoy today,” her daughter, Barbara Kelly, said.
G.G. attributed her long life to her health and eating sweets — lots of sweet potatoes, carrots and pies.
“She was very determined to be 100 years old,” Kelly said. “Pat [Patricia Edwards, G.G’s caregiver] helped her get to be 100 years old. She’s very caring and skilled.”