100th birthday today

Marguerite M. Caldwell Phillips of Marietta will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 13 with her family.

Marguerite was born in Pennsboro, W.Va., and moved to the Marietta area at age 3. She has spent all but 10 of her years in the area, except when her husband Chet’s job moved them around the eastern part of the U.S.

She married her husband, James C. Phillips, July 4, 1937, in St. Marys, W.Va., and were together 42 years before his passing in 1980.

Marguerite and Chet had two children — a daughter, Carma J. Sauers of Hinkley, Ohio, and an infant son, Keith Allen, they lost at 4 1/2 months in an automobile accident.

Marguerite has two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Marguerite was fortunate to be a stay-at-home wife and mother and was able to get involved in family activities. She was a 10-year co-leader with her Aunt Mable Caldwell with the Muskingum Valley Builders 4-H Club. She and her husband Chet helped organized the Ball and Chain mixed doubles league at Pastime Lanes and later moved to North Hills Lanes due to the new teams wanting in.

Marguerite loved doing yard work, sewing and crocheting.

Marguerite says she owes her longevity to loving God, being a hard worker and never drinking alcohol or smoking.

She is also a 58-year cancer survivor.

The family is planning an open house celebration honoring Marguerite from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Gilman United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

The family invites friends and family to stop in and help them celebrate this remarkable milestone in Marguerite’s life. No gifts, but she loves getting cards. Cards may be sent to the church.