By Terry Rogers
On March 7, Maggie Crouch, who lives at Milford Center, celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Ms. Crouch, who was born and raised in Rockingham, North Carolina, enjoyed cake, balloons and wore a “Happy Birthday” tiara for the celebration.
Born on March 7, 1917, Ms. Crouch lived most of her life in Rockingham. She is the daughter of Manley and Ella Reynolds. She married her husband, James, in July 1936, and the couple had two children, Clifford, who lives in Milford, and Doris, who lives in North Carolina. When it became clear that Ms. Crouch could no longer live on her own, her children found that Genesis in Milford had the best options for her care. Mrs. Crouch moved to Milford shortly after.
“My mother lived by herself until she was 90 years old,” Mr. Crouch said. “She even renewed her driver’s license at 90. She has always been a strong, independent woman.” Mrs. Crouch worked in a textile mill from the age of 14 until she was 65, the same textile mill where her husband worked. The couple went to school together and had known each other their entire lives, attending the same schools. Mr. Crouch passed away in 1981.
When presented with her birthday cake, Mrs. Crouch shook her head, claiming that she was not 100 years old.
“I am Sweet 16, my mother’s pet, and I’ve never been kissed by an ugly boy yet,” Mrs. Crouch said, a statement her family said she has often made. She also refers to everyone as “Baby,” when she addresses them. Her grandson, Jayson, said that “Granny,” as she is referred to by the family, used to say that she was “fighting old age with everything I’ve got.”
Mr. Crouch said that his mother quilted in her spare time and that she made beautiful quilts over the years. Her grandson, Craig, said that his Granny has always been a kind person with a great faith in Jesus.
“She is a member of a generation that our country and the world owe a great deal to,” Mr. Crouch said. “Without her generation, the world we live in would be a much different place.”
Five generations of her family attended the birthday party. Mr. Crouch and his wife, Vaughn, attended with his sister, Doris Hewitt and her husband, Richard. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren attended. Mrs. Crouch also has three great-great-grandchildren.
Jayson Crouch remembered his grandmother telling the children that she loved them “a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.” He also remembers her singing as she worked around the house.
In honor of her 100th birthday, Ms. Crouch received a letter from United States Senator Tom Carper. In the letter, Mr. Carper told Ms. Crouch that she now needed to work on “the 101st birthday.”
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