Little Orleans resident gets a centennial surprise in Hancock

by Lisa Schauer

Gladys Potts’ family and friends threw her a surprise party at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hancock on Sunday afternoon, October 1.

A group family photo includes a young Potts surrounded by other youngsters.

With her 100th birthday approaching this Friday, Mrs. Potts thought she was going to help make apple dumplings for a fundraiser, like every year.

Instead, she was greeted by dozens of members of her family and congregation in the social hall to celebrate her 100th birthday.

A lively-looking Potts beamed as she made her way through her large extended family gathered for the open house.

“Take it easy, and keep working,” offered Potts, a retired homemaker who raised seven children, and still lives on the family farmstead in Little Orleans.

She married her late husband, James, in Cumberland in 1941. He was a railroad man. She cooked, canned, milked cows, and churned butter.

“Not all those fancy things. I did my best. The good Lord keeps me going,” Potts said with a smile as friends and family gathered to celebrate her.

Family photos, including some of a young Gladys Potts, were displayed at an open house held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hancock.

Gladys Potts celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at an open house held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hancock on Sunday, October 1. photos by Lisa Schauer