Paragould woman closes in on century mark

Hildred Gilmore turns 100 on Sept. 23. A native of Beech Grove, she lived there, working on the farm, until the 1960s, when she moved to Paragould, working at the Ed White Shoe Factory, Arkansas Methodist Hospital and Beverly rehab until she retired at age 80. She has three children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Hildred Gilmore is about to reach the century mark. She turns 100 on Wednesday.

Growing up near Beech Grove, she was one of 10 children, of whom one sister, 102 and living in Michigan, survives.

“We farmed until we moved to Paragould,” she said.

Daughter Judy Bryant said that would have been when Gilmore was in her 40s.

“I worked at the Ed White Shoe Factory until I retired,” Gilmore said. Then she worked for what was then Arkansas Methodist Hospital until retirement from there. “Then I went to work for Beverly Rehab, in 2000,” she said. “I retired when I was 80.”

Gilmore said history she liked most out of her 100 years was “man on the moon,” the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon on July 20, 1969. And what did she like least? “Working in the cotton fields,” Gilmore said.

Hildred Gilmore has three children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

“Her birthday is actually Wednesday,” said Bryant, “but we’ll have a get-together for her this Saturday.”

“God has been very good to me,” Gilmore concluded.

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