Moore Celebrates 100th Birthday

A Meridian woman turned 100-years-old Tuesday.

About eighty people attended a formal celebration for Clara Hayes Wallace Moore Sunday at her home.

After working her way through college, Moore taught English and literature for 33 years in Kemper County and Meridian.

Her daughter credits Moore's philosophy of life for her longevity.

"She believed in living life to the fullest every day," said Syria Sturdivant. "She believed in very good nutrition. No drinking. No smoking. And plenty of rest, sleep. She believed in getting adequate sleep."

Moore stayed active after retiring in 1978, serving as a poll worker and a volunteer with RSVP.

Sturdivant and her sister, Anita, say they also owe a lot to caregivers who help them with their mother.