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On Saturday, Twilia (Valentine) Mackey will celebrate her 105th birthday with a family open house at the Community Building at Centerville United Methodist Church in White Heath. Today she will be part of the return home parade from Monticello High.
Here’s more information on the energetic Piatt County woman who was celebrated in Wednesday’s print editions:
- The pandemic will keep this year’s party from spiraling out of control. Previous birthday parties have ranged from sharing cakes with customers and staff at McDonald’s in Monticello to a cruise in the Bahamas.
The third of six children, she was born as President Woodrow Wilson
- was approaching a second term in 1916.
- His parents and grandparents were farmers near White Heath. His elementary school was a one-room building. Not having a bus service during her high school years, she often traveled to Monticello (class of 1936), where she stayed with an aunt.
- She paid for her graduation gown by selling door-to-door magazine subscriptions. She used this same blue outfit as her wedding dress when she got married
- on December 5, 1936, at White Heath.
- The happy couple, who met while attending Methodist Church in Centerville, had four children and raised them on their farm near Cisco. They retired in 1993.
- No one has made a quilt – or a minced meat pie – quite like Twilia, who has the blue ribbons to show it. She was also a regular at local bowling and 4-H and PTA meetings.
- Her advice to anyone hoping to turn 105: “Just be happy every day! “