Photos by Shawn Nowlin
Alma Poage surrounded by family during her birthday celebration. Back row: Richard Poage (son), Brandi Young (great-granddaughter), Angela Poage-Dillard (granddaughter) and Martha Poage Conner (daughter). Front row: Tori Houston (great-granddaughter) and Aidan Conner (great-grandson)


Alma and her best friend Juanita Creasey catching up.


Salem resident Alma Poage turned 100 on Saturday, October 7. The mother of two celebrated the occasion with friends and family at the Salem Senior Center – a building that she has been coming to for over 40 years.

Both of Alma’s children – Martha Poage-Conner and Richard Poage – said that a special gathering had been in the works for several weeks.

“When we asked her about having the party, she said, ‘I really don’t want to have a party.’  Our family told her that we all wanted to celebrate her 100th and invite…

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