The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 25, 2012

Amy Pearl Spence marks 100 years

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

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Friends and family came from miles away to celebrate the 100th birthday of Amy Pearl Spence Saturday at Hidden Valley Assisted Living in Oak Hill.

Pearl, her preferred name, has lived in Green Valley in Nicholas County all her life, and up until last year she lived on her own.

Her son, Luther Spence, said his mother is the last one left in her family and he is proud she is in such good health at 100.

So what does he think helped his mom reach this milestone birthday?

“Just good living,” he said. “Her and Dad lived in the country and attended church faithfully.”

Luther and his sister, Ruth Orndorff, organized the birthday celebration for their mom, along with the staff at Hidden Valley.

A huge pink and white birthday cake, adorned with rose decorations, was surrounded by birthday cards on the table.

The room was filled with friends and family who stood in line waiting to give Pearl a hug and tell her happy birthday.

One of the staff at Hidden Valley, Lisa, said Pearl is one of her favorites.

“I’ve worked with seniors for years, and Pearl is just such a determined person. She won’t quit easily.”

Pearl said she was so excited to celebrate her birthday.

“I didn’t know so many people would be here today,” she said as she smoothed back her hair, telling everyone that she looked like a mess.

Everyone around her assured her that she looked great and she returned a humble smile.

She said her birthday wish was this: “May God bless all these people for coming today.”

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