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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:11 pm

August 24 was quite a day for Emporia’s own Ethel Bowen Gauldin. On that day she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gauldin marked the occasion the following day with numerous friends and relatives who came from far and near to help her celebrate this special day. Those gathered with her at the Eugene H. Bloom Retirement Center came from such distant places as Cincinnati, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Richmond, Raleigh, Durham, Chesapeake, Blackstone, Winston -Salem, and Fredericksburg. 

Others came from such nearby towns as Jarratt, Lawrenceville, and Warfield. Still others came from their homes in and around Emporia.

They came for a great day of celebration, reminiscence, and fellowship with one another. One of the most clever quotes came from a card presented by Dale Cannon, which read, “May your day be filled with love (and chocolate)!“

Gauldin, who was born in Emporia prior to the official end of World War I, spent much of her adult life on a farm in Brunswick County. She and her husband, the late Carl Wesley Gauldin, who had been longtime members of James Square Baptist Church, moved back to Emporia in the ‘90s and became members of Calvary Baptist Church. Eventually Gauldin moved into the retirement living provided so well by the Bloom Center.

 The Center provided one of its spacious lounges for the gathering. There guests enjoyed lively conversation and bestowed well wishes on Mrs. Gauldin, who was seated at the head table resplendent in a purple – and white – print blouse complemented by lavender slacks. In the middle of the ceremony, everyone sang a rousing chorus of “Happy  Birthday.“

Refreshments included lemonade and a yellow sheet cake topped with vanilla icing adorned with pink roses.