Eufaula Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday

It's been an interesting century for Florence Strang.   One of Eufaula's leading ladies, she's seen it all.

100 years of history, however, came down to this--a Friday night celebration.

As the community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, Strang--or "Miss Fonnie" welcomed commendations from the Alabama Legislature, Governor Bob Riley, and the city's mayor.

"She is a person who has a zest for living every day as it comes along," Mayor Jay Jaxon, Jr. said to a crowd at the city's Shorter Mansion.

The honors only compliment decades of public service and a strong family life.  With children, grandchildren and great grandchildren--46 total--"Fonnie" makes a difference in the community and at home.

"I asked her, 'How do you call all these children by name?' She said, 'it's easy.  I pray for each of them individually by name,'" explained son Carl Strang, Jr.

For 100 years, Strang made her presence known on the streets of Eufaula, joining committees, community organizations, and the local newspaper.

Even after a century, she's still going.

"Anytime you go to an event, you expect her to be there, and she usually is," Jaxon explained.

It's a way of life Strang hopes to continue for years to come.

"I'll do it as long as I feel like going to the meetings because I like to know what's going on," she said.

NOTE: The celebrations aren't over yet.  A service will be dedicated to Strang Sunday morning at Eufaula's First United Methodist Church.  The celebration starts at 10:00AM.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke