Friends and family will hold a party to celebrate the 100th birthday of an area woman.

Pauline Ivey Meadors will turn 100 on Thursday. A party to celebrate her centennial birthday will be held 2-4 p.m. at Alma Health and Rehabilitation Center at 401 Heather Lane on Saturday.

Pauline Meadors, called “Mom” by friends and family, was born Aug. 10, 1917. Outside of a few months in California, she lived in Mulberry her entire life, said her daughter-in-law Wanda Meadors.

Family members are hoping those who know Pauline Meadors will join them in celebrating her enduring spirit, Wanda Meadors said.

“She’ll talk about the good and put a happy face on any situation,” Wanda Meadors said. “She’d say, ‘Who wants to hear about the bad?’ That’s just how she is.”

Pauline Meadors retired from Dixie Cup in Fort Smith after 34 years. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mulberry and taught Sunday school for 60 years, Wanda Meadors said.

Pauline Meadors’ husband, Paul Meadors, died in 2008 after 71 years of marriage. The couple had three children - Tom Meadors, Aline Stephens and Susie Smith, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Pauline Meadors has always made time for her grandchildren, and would make up stories to keep them entertained, Wanda Meadors said. Her own son has “the happiest memories” of spending time with his grandmother, she said.

“She would make up all those little stories, and use the kids as characters in those stories,” Wanda Meadors said. “They just loved that.”

Friends are encouraged to stop by Pauline Meadors’ party to greet her and wish her happy birthday. Cake and punch will be served at the birthday party.

“It’s a come and go party,” Wanda Meadors said.