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Clemons celebrates 100th birthday

November 26, 2021 - 00:00
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    Maureen Braswell Clemons, 100, enjoying her favorite dessert of red velvet cake. CONTRIBUTED
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    Mrs. Clemons shown with her children. CONTRIBUTED
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    Mrs. Clemons shown with her grandchildren. CONTRIBUTED

Maureen Braswell Clemons turned 100 on Oct. 18.

She celebrated this centennial milestone on Oct. 23 at the Atlanta Marriott Gateway Hotel located in Atlanta. Live entertainment, The “Original” Splitz Band, performed to the crowd a list of melodies that were her favorite tunes. She was surrounded with love from her family and closest friends at a sit-down dinner setting that served salmon, herbal chicken, rice pilaf and her favorite dessert, red velvet cake.

The venue was decorated in her favorite colors of antique gold, cream and purple. She received several greetings from various branches of the government. Greetings received were from The President of The United States, Joe Biden, The Governor of the State of Georgia, Brain Kemp, Senator of Georgia, Raphel Warnock, an autographed photo and greeting letter from Tyler Perry and his staff and a proclamation from Eatonton’s Mayor John Reid.

Mrs. Clemons is originally from Round Oak, located in Jones County, and has been a long-time resident of Putnam County. She moved to Putnam in her early 20’s after marrying the love of her life John A. Clemons Sr. in 1942. From this union, she had 10 children, 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She worked for more than 30.5 years for the University of Georgia, Rock Eagle 4-H Center, located in Eatonton.

She enjoyed sewing and made the majority of her daughters’ clothing. She trained many youths that worked at Rock Eagle 4H Center on cooking a variety of foods, setting the banquet hall with proper place settings and linen. Upon retirement, she enjoyed shopping, traveling domestically as well as abroad and cruising.

Some of her adventurous places included the following: Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Painted Desert, Las Vegas and many more.

She has been a faithful member of Griggs Chapel Church since 1943 and held various roles such as the Treasurer of the Choir, Committed Board Member for 30 years, Missionary worker and Communion server for the church. Currently, she is the oldest living member of this establishment. She loves her church and pays her tithes faithfully as a devoted member.