Gertrude Farver turned 100 on March 26. She is from a family of three girls and two boys born to Fred and Josie Miller of Shelbyville.
As an adult, Mrs. Farver worked as a nanny for several prominent families in Indianapolis and Rockville. Although she did not have children of her own, she was a mother to many.
On Feb. 9, 1963, at the age of 49, she married Lawrence Farver of Spencerville, Ohio. He was a World War I veteran and a local farmer.
Their lives together in Spencerville included a small farm of 17 acres, being active in a local Baptist church, and entertaining family and friends with home cooked meals.
In 1985, the Farvers sold their farm to retire and move closer to family in Indiana. After 32 years of marriage, Mr. Farver died at the age of 99.
Mrs. Farver is an aunt, great-aunt, and great-great-aunt to many throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. Local family members include her brother, Arthur F. Miller of North Salem, Steve, Neena, Nate and Reagan Hubbard of North Salem, Ruth and Mike Cooper of Clayton, along with their children, Tammy, Robin, Julie and James and Julia and Bill Wacker and their daughter Stephanie.
Mrs. Farver currently lives at Manor Care in Avon where friends and family will honor her with a 100th birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. today. A card shower will be held and visitors are welcome to attend.