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Virginia Liebman

Virginia Liebman celebrated her 100th birthday with a group of friends on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Hometown Buffet in Medford. Everyone sang birthday wishes and surrounded her with balloons, cards and love. Virginia said reaching 100 was probably an "accident," but going forward she would hope for "happiness and health."

Virginia was born Jan. 13, 1908, in Mansfield, Ark., the fifth of nine children born to Lora Jane Pittman and Fred T. Evans.

She grew up on a farm and learned about making butter and cottage cheese. There were lots of garden vegetables, canning and plenty of chores. Virginia became a great cook and baker.

Her first job was picking cotton; she also picked strawberries. Later, in California, she worked for JC Penney. She has also done some very beautiful crocheting, primarily afghans and tablecloths.

Virginia married George Denny in Arkansas in the 1920s. They had one daughter, Jane, who now lives in Sams Valley.

In 1962, Virginia was widowed. She remarried 18 years later and was widowed again in the 1990s.

On her own again, she lived in a very nice mobile home for 12-14 more years — you could use the "white glove" test there at any time.

She now lives in The Orchards in Medford. Virginia's brother, John W., is almost 102 and also lives in Medford. She also has an 84-year-old sister, Ann, living in California.

Virginia is still very alert mentally and takes a walk everyday. She is a smart dresser, and is often envied for her "put-together" look. Many of her friends know her for her cheerful colors and her understanding smile.