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Born on Feb. 13, 1914, Iola Boykin recently celebrated her 100-year birthday at the Tipton County Commission on Aging. The 100-year-old was feted by more than 40 attendees and presented a dozen roses, two cakes, crocheted flowers, balloons, and a love offering.

Ms. Boykin, the widow of Theodore Sr., is the mother of four children: Hiawatha, Theodore, Jr. (deceased), Kenneth III and Gwendolyn. She met her husband when she moved to “the city” to work in her cousin’s grocery store. According to their daughter, it was love at first sight for Mr. Boykin. He saw her and wouldn’t leave alone until she agreed to marry him.

The neighborhood caregiver, Ms. Boykin took care of the sick and baked cakes for birthdays. She also was an excellent seamstress, making three-piece suits for men and fur coats for her granddaughters.

Ms. Boykin has been a participant at TCCA for years and still exercises three times a week in the classes provided by the Arthritis Foundation.

“Iola always has a twinkle in her eyes and a pretty smile,” said TCCA executive director Kerry Overton. “Her hearing may be not as sharp, but that’s it, she’s very healthy.”

Among those attending the festivities were daughter Gwendolyn Boykin Harris, son-in-law Frank, grandson Ted and sister-in-law Katie.

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