A century and one more

Published 10:43 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Age is just a number.

Sadie Clay, family and friends gathered to celebrate her 101st birthday at Warren Manor Wednesday.

Clay arrived at her party wearing a tiara over a well-kept coiffure and a room brightening smile.

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“I’m happy the Lord has kept me and I love you,” Clay said when she saw the large number of unexpected guests who came to honor her.

Clay said she has lived a long life by “working hard and tending to my own business.”

During the last century, Clay said she has seen good and bad changes. People have more opportunities than they did at one time.

“Selma is a better place now with better people,” she said.

The 101-year-old is a mother of four, two who preceded her in death.

Mayor George Evans honored Clay with a proclamation from the city of Selma.

“She looks very well and healthy and I’m happy to be apart of this [occasion],” he said.

Warren Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center employees talk about how friendly and warm-spirited Clay is to them, and how they are treated as if they were one of her own grandchildren.

“She’s a jewel, It’s amazing to see that she has lived to see 101.” said Kristain Lee, an employee of Warren Manor, “she gives us hope.”

Shirley Thompson remembered growing up across the street from Clay and how she was taken care of and kept out of trouble by Clay’s lectures.

Clay is avid member of Morningstar Baptist Church and received a token of appreciation from the church for her dedication.

Jonnie Johnson, a friend of Clay, said “I thank God for allowing me to meet her.”