AMORY – River Place Nursing Center resident Gladys Jordan was treated with a party fit for a queen April 16 as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
She grew up in Splunge as an only child, where she attended school and ultimately graduated from Smithville High School in 1940.
“Back in those days if you had good grades, you could get a certificate for teaching school,” said River Place Social Services Director Anita Hardin.
Jordan attended school with Elaine Faulkner Boozer, and they later taught together at Splunge. Boozer is the mother of Monroe County Chancery Clerk Ronnie Boozer.
“She doesn’t have much family left here, so I’m like a son to her,” Ronnie said.
Hardin said Jordan’s relatives, though distant, come to check on her often. She had no children of her own.
While in school, Jordan was well known on the cheering squad and was a quick-as-lightning forward on the basketball team. She may not be as quick as lightning these days but still sang the cheer song for River Place at her party.
Jordan is a member of Splunge Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for 30 years. While a resident of the Care Center of Aberdeen for a short time, she taught a daily lesson over the intercom system. She has been a resident at River Place since 2004.
“She says she’s blind but knows her caregivers by name and can tell when a bird is sitting in the feeder outside her window,” Hardin said.
Jordan likes anything red, as well as chewing Juicy Fruit gum and getting her hair styled.
“I have lived a full life and I am content and happy,” she said.