Mae Purselley will reach the century mark in age today.
The resident of the Farwell Convalescent Center is a sweet lady who enjoys watching television and engaging in the occasional joke session, said Christine Garcia, a nurse at the center.
“Once in a while she jokes around. Everybody just loves her. She’s a very nice, sweet, sweet person,” Garcia said.
Garcia said there will be a party at 2 p.m. on Friday at the center for Purselley and other residents who have a birthday in April.
Purselley has been a resident of the Farwell Convalescent Center for almost three years. She was born in Hatfield, Ark., and has three children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Her daughters Robbie Payne and Billie Sosebee will be arranging Friday’s party.
Payne said her mother came to New Mexico in 1909 with her family and homesteaded 15 miles north of Texico.
“She’s been through a lot of changes in her lifetime,” Payne said. “She’s truly amazed about all that’s happened in her life.”
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