This day 100 years ago, a woman was born. As she turns 100 today,  the Georgia woman said she loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends, Bible study, and keeping up with current events.

Melissa Idella Smith Atkinson was born on Oct. 19, 1919, in the small town of Madras and was the fourth of the family’s 10 children, according to FOX 5 ATLANTA

When she was a teenager, Melissa would walk almost 3 miles to go to school? At home, she helped with taking care of her younger siblings and studying by oil lamp.

For 20 years after attending school for both nursing and tailoring, Melissa worked as a tailor at the U.S. Department of Defense, making clothes for the U.S. Army and Navy. After leaving that job, she spent the rest of her working life as a nurse for local seniors for the priests of Atlanta’s Cathedral of Christ the King.

For 50 years, Melissa was a member of Cascade United Methodist Church and worked as a steward and member of multiple ministries and boards. 

Mellisa raised her son’s children on her own after both her first husband and son’s deaths. In her later life, she married a contractor and designer George Atkinson.

She’ll be celebrated by family, friends, and proclamations by local politicians at Sassy Seniors Living Saturday, FOX 5 reported. 

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