Photo by Shawn Nowlin
Five generations of Irene’s immediate family represented. Back row, left to right: Tony Slaydon, Donna West, Michael Slaydon, Shayne Roark and Allen Slaydon. Center, left to right: Barbara Blackford, Lynda Slaydon, Dottie Slaydon Wells, Greg Northrup holding Bennett Northrup and Nicole Slaydon. Front row, left to right: Irene holding Ryker Slaydon, Cory Slaydon, Zayden Wilson and Sarah Kingery.

Ms. Flowers distinctly remembers those times.

“Things were so different when I was growing up. Technology has truly taken over. It was an entirely different world in the 1940s and 1950s,” she said. “I enjoy talking to people about the past because they are often shocked at what they hear.”

Preparation for Mrs. Flower’s 100th birthday celebration began in February. On Saturday, April 6, a party was thrown for the Salemite at the Roanoke Moose Lodge in Catawba. Nearly all of Mrs. Flower’s immediate family members – two daughters, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren – were present to enjoy the moment.

Some of Nicole Slaydon’s greatest memories of her youth involve spending time with her…



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