DAWSONVILLE, Ga. -- A local woman is celebraing her 100th birthday this week in Dawsonville, Ga.
Frances Griffeth is a resident at North Georgia Assisted Living. She was born on Jan. 31, 1918 during a blizzard on her family's farm in the plains of northern Kansas. The only child of David and Marie Norris, Frances has four older half-siblings from her father's first marriage.
Griffeth attended school in a one-room school house from kindergarten to 8th grade.
In 1930, she moved to Washington, KS after her parents sold the family farm. Frances graduated from Washington High School in 1935. A few weeks later, she married her high school sweetheart, Charles Griffeth. They were married 53 years until he passed away in December 1988.
In November 1939, the couple and their three children left Kansas in a 1930 Model A Ford for California. They settled in downtown Los Angeles, where Frances gave birth to Charles Junior in 1940. A fifth child, Bill, was born in 1956.
Charles Griffeth worked in the aerospace industry, including the Gemini and Apollo moon missions as well as the early days of the Space Shuttle.
At one point, the family owned a farm where they raised cows, chickens and rabbits. Frances worked various jobs outside the house, include a nursery, as an office manager at a construction company and she was a school cafeteria manager for 20 years. She retired in 1980.
In 2013, Charles Jr. sold his business and moved with wife to the Atlanta area to be near their son and family. Frances joined them.
In addition to five children, Frances has 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and some great great grandchildren.
Information provided by North Georgia Assisted Living.