MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - A resident of Bedford Care Center of Marion, Willetta Cahill, celebrated her 105th birthday Monday, with her family and friends.
Activities director, Jennifer Carter, says Cahill grew up on her family’s farm near Pinola, Miss. After finishing high school and nursing school at Willis Walley School of Nursing, Cahill worked as a nurse in Texas and Louisiana in the late 1930s. Her first job paid $50 a month plus room and board.
Cahill and her husband eventually moved back to Mississippi, where she earned her bachelor's and master's in nursing, and worked in the medical field until retiring in 1979.