Friends and family will gather today to help Mary Lillie Hunt Palmer celebrate her 100th birthday.
Palmer was born Oct. 28, 1896, in the Allen Line Community, now known as Piney Grove, and was the seventh of 13 children. During her young days she helped the family pick cotton and tend to field crops. She later worked at a cotton mill in Tupelo making thread before moving to Chicago where she met her future husband, Frank J. Palmer, on the train coming home to Mississippi.
They married in 1920 and made their home at Jourdan Hill.
Five of the six children born to the Palmers are still living. They are Henry Palmer of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nellie Taylor of Tishomingo, Russell Palmer of Moulton, Ala., James Palmer of Sheffield, Ala. and Clara Sutton of Hunstville, Ala. Mrs. Palmer has 17 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.
Because of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway construction, Mrs. Palmer moved to her current home in 1978. The old homeplace had to be abandoned because the house and land is now the backwaters of the Bay Springs Lake.
Mrs. Palmer remains active. She reads her paper, does all her cooking and washing, exercises daily and walks to the mailbox to get her mail. She enjoys piecing quilts which she gives to family members at Christmas. Up until this year Mrs. Palmer has planted and maintained a garden, as well as raising flowers.
Mrs. Palmer continues to attend services at Tishomingo Church of Christ. Prior to moving from the Allen Line Community she attended New Bethel Church of Christ for 32 years.
Today's celebration will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Paden Community Center in Paden, which is located on Hwy. 30 between Booneville and Tishomingo by the Tenn-Tom Waterway bridge.