March 19, 2008 Edition

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Leap Day baby turns 100

Gladys Thompson marked her 100th birthday on Feb. 29 at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Gladys Thompson, a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, celebrated her 100th birthday last month, but being a Leap Day baby, she would be quick to tell you she is actually only 25 years old.

Through the years, Thompson's sense of humor has allowed her to have a lot of fun with being a leap baby.

"She liked to laugh and make jokes," her niece, Pam Stoner of Fayetteville, said. "She would always say she only had a birthday every four years."

On Feb. 29, she celebrated 100 years of life on her actual birthday, and though she may joke about her age, she realizes she has indeed lived for a century.

"Now I feel old," she said. "I have seen a lot of changes in my life."

Several family members, as well as fellow residents and staff at LHNC, helped her celebrate.

"I had fun at the birthday party," Thompson said.

Thompson spent much of her adult life in Indiana, where she worked and retired from a large automobile factory. She then moved back home to Arkansas, where she had grown up on a farm with her three brothers.

Family members attending the birthday celebration included Stoner and two other nieces, Charlene Johnson of Fayetteville and Glenda Johnson of Walnut Ridge, and a great-nephew, John Johnson of Portia, along with his wife, Loretta, and daughter, Ariel.

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