Bertha Mae Cleghorn McDoniel celebrated her 100th birthday on July 17 at Thunderbird Community Center in Cherokee Village.
Ms. Mac, as she is known, was surrounded by her four children, 12 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, relatives and friends from Monette.
Barbecue was served and many pictures were taken. Robert and Marsha Chambers presented a box of 137 birthday cards from the First Baptist Church of Monette and friends in the Monette area. Thank you to all of the friends who sent cards and wrote notes to Ms. Mac. She has thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them.
Bertha McDoniel was a long time resident of Monette. She was married to Elijah Truman McDoniel for 54 years. An Avon representative for 40 years, she was known in the area as "The Avon Lady." She was an active member of Monette First Baptist Church and for a number of years she taught Sunday School at Lane's Nursing Home. Her mother, Cynthia Alabama Skelton Cleghorn, was the first resident of Lane's Nursing Home.
Several years ago she moved to Cherokee Village to live with her daughter, Lois Sample, and now lives in Eaglecrest Nursing-Rehab Center. She is their oldest resident.
Ms. Mac's roots go back to when Monette was called Stottsville.
"I'm the only one in my family to make it to 100!"
Mrs. Bertha McDoniel celebrated her 100th birthday on July 17, with her children, from left, John McDoniel, Susie McDoniel, Mary Taylor, and Louise Sample. (photo provided)