By TOM WOERNER
Of The Record Staff
Life has slowed down for one Lillington woman who passed the 100year mark last week, but thanks to a sharp mind and a large family she is still enjoying her days.
Staff members from Green Leaf Care Center joined family members and friends last week at Lula Gauldin’s celebration of living 100 years.
The cake and ice cream event was hosted by her daughters and their husbands, Patsy and Keith Parrish of Coats, Vicky and Mike Lasater of Buies Creek and her son, Paul Gauldin.
Mrs. Gauldin spends her days now sitting, visiting with family most of the time with a beautiful smile on her face.
Seeing all her family is almost a full-time job. She is proud of her five children, nine grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Almost all of them drop by to see her on a regular basis.
“My family has been good to me. They come see me a lot,” Mrs. Gauldin said.
Mrs. Gauldin also has memories of her husband, Robert, who passed away at Green Leaf several years ago. The pair were married 79 years when he died at the age of 97.
Mrs. Gauldin still remembers their work on a farm in Stokesdale in the northwestern part of the state in the early days of their marriage. She has been involved in farming most of her life. They grew different things and she said she learned an important les- See 100th, Page 3A
Lula Gauldin, who turned 100 last week, sits in one of her favorite places these days, a chair in her room at Lillington’s Green Leaf Care Center. She was the guest of honor at a party last week in honor of her milestone birthday.
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son in those years of working with nature every day.
“I did a lot of hard work and it never killed me,” Mrs. Gauldin said. “Hard work is good for you.”
The couple’s life then changed as Mr. Gauldin began the pursuit of a dream to play professional baseball. That brought them to Eastern North Carolina when he played Minor League Baseball in Kinston. He later worked several different jobs and owned his own business and they called the eastern part of the state their permanent home.
Mrs. Gauldin has noticed the changes around her as she moved since she was born in 1917.
“A lot of things have changed since then,” Mrs. Gauldin said.
As to the secret to her long life, Mrs. Gauldin said it is somewhat of a mystery.
“I honestly don’t know how I have lived this long but I have tried to live a good life,” she said.
She also said she has had help from another source.
“God has been with me all this time,” she said.
The affects of her century of living, mostly issues with her eyesight and hearing, have slowed Mrs. Gauldin’s ability to enjoy activities like reading, but she still has aspirations.
“I would just love to get out of here and do some cooking,” Mrs. Gauldin said. “People don’t cook like they used to.”
She also participates in activities at Green Leaf, including a beauty pageant in which she competed in last year.
Though she may not go home, Mrs. Gauldin still enjoys life outside the walls of the Green Leaf facility.
Her daughter, Vicky Lasater, is there each day helping her. She also gets her out on excursions.
“We just go out and drive around,” Mrs. Lasater said.
Though she might like a touch of her own cooking once in a while, Mrs. Gauldin enjoys where she lives now.
“They have been good to me,” she said.
She is also optimistic about the future.
“I feel good right now,” she said. “But when you get to my age, you never know what is going to happen.”