Louise Kidd Jordan, a resident of Morningside Assisted Living, turns 100 today. She is a native of the Athens area and has been living in Southwest Georgia since 1939.
ALBANY, Ga. -- While it doesn't seem like a big deal to her, Louise Kidd Jordan's relatives are going all out for her birthday this year.
They have good reason to.
Jordan, now living out her retirement at Morningside Assisted Living on Beattie Road, turns 100 today.
Arthritis in her knees has confined her to a wheelchair, and by her own account her independence has slipped little by little over the years, but that has done little to dampen her state of mind.
"All in all, I've been blessed," Jordan said.
Asked what it's like to be reaching her centennial, Jordan said it felt as if it wasn't real.
"I don't feel any different," she said. "It has excited everyone else more than it has me."
In order to celebrate the occasion, she has relatives from other parts of the country coming in for a birthday bash on Saturday afternoon -- an event that is set to include flowers and a three-tiered cake.
"They've got the date well planned out," Jordan said.
Native to a small town near Athens, Jordan studied history at the University of Georgia while the United States was undergoing the burdens of the Great Depression.
She graduated from the institution in 1933.
"I was a freshman (at UGA) when the stadium was dedicated," she recalled.
After that, she devoted her life to teaching.
"I had grand history teachers in high school that made me want to teach it," she said.
In 1939, she got married and moved to the Albany area and has since remained in the region. She lived in the house she had built with her late husband -- who passed away in 1990 -- up until 2005 before moving into Morningside.
She attributes her close-knit family -- at least in part -- to her well-being, but there are other words of advice she offers to those seeking longevity.
"What has kept me going is deep and supreme faith in the Lord," Jordan said. "He has directed so many things in my life.
"Have faith and believe in the Lord, and have a good doctor."