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Celebrating a century in Sylvester

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

SYLVESTER, Ga. -- Myrtle Fowler may be 100 years old, but the Dawson native said she doesn't feel her age at all.

The fact she is the oldest resident at Pine Shadows Retirement Manor in Sylvester doesn't bother her a bit.

"Well, I think its great," said Fowler of her long life. "God has blessed me with great health. I can still get around and generally can take care of myself. So I think I'm doing pretty good."

Fowler said the key to longevity is a mixture of good health and faith.

"I've had some problems but God was always with me and the love of God and caring for others is the secret to a long life," said Fowler from her room at Shadows Retirement Manor.

Fowler celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday along with her church family at Sherwood Baptist Church family in Albany of which she was a member before moving to Sylvester.

Emily McDonald, who said Fowler was a close friend of her mother -- Kate Barney, said the 100-year-old Southern lady was still active and social.

"It's wonderful that she has lived this long," she said of Fowler. "Myrtle has a lot of friends and has many hobbies."

Some of those hobbies include gardening, reading and helping others.

Fowler was born in 1910 in Dawson where she was primarily raised by her mother and grandmother after the death of her father when she was 7.

"It was hard for all us in those days," she said of her childhood. "But I always had clothes and food and we got through it."

Fowler worked as billing clerk at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for 13 years before retiring.

In 1990, shortly after the death of her second husband, Sam, Fowler was the first person to move into the Seasons Christian Care Center -- a retirement home in Albany.

Fowler said after having shoulder surgery, she moved to her current home at Pine Shadows in Sylvester and said she has enjoyed it there.

Her advice to the younger generations is to respect each other.

"Peace and love for one another is what the world needs now," said Fowler.