Nine children, 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren are part Fanny Thornton’s legacy, milestones in a lifetime spanning 110 years.
Not many people live long enough to see this day, but Miss Fanny is here, living and celebrating,
"It's just a wonderful occasion. By her being born in 1904, and for the Lord to spare her life, and for her to still be with us in the year 2014, it is truly a blessing,” said oldest grandchild Debra Hall.
Family members remember the life of a role model, a hard-working woman who lived in the same house for 60 years. And she's seen a lot in all those years.
"She raised all of us and she's still living and looking good, and her mind is good and everything," said Shirley Battle, Thornton’s youngest daughter.
Surrounded by family, friends and resident Marie White, who turned 104 on Christmas Eve, everyone soaked in the occasion with music, dancing, and, of course, birthday cake.
"She's just a great resident. I enjoy spending a lot of time with her, and those are 15 or 30 minutes of the day that you look forward to,” Early Memorial Nursing Home Activity Director Janet Armstrong said.
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"She didn't let stuff bother her, and she didn’t really comment on a whole lot of stuff. She would just say ‘Whatever may be, let it be,’” said Hall.
To all who know her, Fanny Thornton represents a legacy of love and a life well lived.
Nursing home staff say they plan to host an event like this each year. A Century Club celebrating residents 100 years and older is also in the works.