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Oldham County native celebrates 100 years

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Mrs. Louise W. Spencer, formerly of Ballardsville and Crestwood, celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 15. 

On Feb. 13, Louise’s daughter, Jane Davis of Louisville, and sons, William “Bill” Spencer of Ballardsville and Paul Spencer of Georgia, along with more than 100 other family and friends from Kentucky, Tennessee, Gorgia, Florida, Arizona and South Carolina, provided her with a surprise birthday reception. Louise also received more than 100 birthday cards and greetings from family and friends from as far away as Maine and Nevada including a greeting from President Barack Obama and the first lady.

Attendees recalled many events that occurred during Louise’s lifetime and the reception was closed by singing two of her favorite songs, “Sweeter as the Years Go By” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Louise was born February 15, 1916, at Krypton, Perry County, Ky. On Jan. 1, 1938, Louise married the love of her life, Oakley F. Spencer, of Breathitt County, where she made her home until 1956 when she and her family moved to Oldham County to be near her parents, the late Alexander C. and Jane (Baker) Whittaker of Centerfield.  She attended Lees Junior College in Jackson and later Eastern Kentucky State College graduating in 1963. Louise taught school for 33 years in Perry, Breathitt and Oldham Counties, and is fondly remembered by many of her former students at Ballardsville and Crestwood Elementary Schools.   

After retiring from teaching in 1977, Louise continued to work at various jobs.  

During her 80s she entered the University of Louisville to complete classes toward a degree in religion. Louise last worked for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky in Crestwood for 11 years before retiring again in 2007 at age 91. There she made many friends, and prior to her retirement there she was recognized by Goodwill as being their fourth oldest employee in the United States.

Louise is the last survivor among her eight brothers and sisters. Since 2012 she has made her home with her son, Paul, in Norcross, Ga., but her heart remains in her beloved Kentucky where she visits as often as possible. Despite her age she remains active and alert and seldom misses a Sunday morning in church.

 

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