Trenton woman celebrates 100th birthday

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TRENTON, Fla. (WCJB) - One special woman in Trenton reached a major milestone Wednesday: a celebration few people have the chance to enjoy.

"I never thought I'd make it," Virginia Hamler said.

Hamler celebrated 100 years old life surrounded by family and friends, sharing memories, hugs, and even a little gossip. They gathered at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton for a surprise birthday party.

She is one of 11 children, who all grew up on her dad's tobacco farm in Kinston, North Carolina.

"I'd go out in the field and plow," Hamler said. "I guess when I was growing up I had more fun, got in more trouble."

Eventually, she married, raised three kids, and retired to Archer with her husband back in 1968. He died in 1989 and she lived alone until 2017 before moving to Ayers. These days she can't hear so well, and her legs don't work like they used to.

The devout Baptist and preacher's wife says she's been through it all.

"I've been up hills and down hills," Hamler said.

But Wednesday she got to enjoy her 100th birthday with her 89-year-old baby sister Mildred by her side.

Both are hoping for many happy and healthy years ahead, so maybe in a few years, Mildred will have a 100th birthday party too.