Eura Ann Meador, a resident at Knollwood Assisted Living in Lafayette, will celebrate her 86th Mother’s Day this month and her 104th birthday this June.
The mother of 86-year-old Mildred, who resides in Texas, 83-year-old Forrest, of Indiana, and 79-year-old Wayne of Clay County, Tenn., is also the grandmother of six, great grandmother of four and great, great grandmother of four, giving Eura 17 reasons to celebrate this Mother’s Day.
Eura married her late husband Dennis, who she met in school, in 1919.
Both grew up in Macon County but moved to a farm in Portland shortly after their wedding, where Eura took on the role of a typical farmer’s wife; keeping house, canning vegetables and occasionally working in her father-in-law’s strawberry patch alongside her husband.
In 1922, Eura and Dennis were blessed with their first child, Mildred, followed by Forrest in 1925 and Wayne in 1929.
When the couple’s oldest son, Forrest, was 18 and just starting college, he was drafted into the Army to fight in World War II.
Writing to him frequently, Eura remembers getting letters from her son only to find that portions of them were blacked out, as soldiers were not allowed to write home about certain topics and letters were inspected.
Mildred, Eura recalls, was the valedictorian at her high school in Portland and Wayne is a retired Westmoreland schoolteacher.
“They’re all good children if I do say so myself,” Eura said. “I always tried to teach them to be good people and do right and I always tried to treat them right.”
Eura’s husband Dennis passed away about 30 years ago, but her son Wayne still comes to visit her about two or three times a week bringing some of Eura’s great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren with him.
Eura’s other two children Mildred and Forrest also visit, traveling to Tennessee when they are able to.
Though they are nearly all in their 80’s, Eura still refers to Mildred, Forrest and Wayne as children.
“They will always be children to me,” she said. “They’ll always be my children.”