A 100th Birthday Tribute is a noteworthy mark of distinction! It is an honor and a privilege to put together such a written historical account for a fabulous, remarkable and extraordinary woman of our time and of days gone by. Mrs. Myrtle Charlotte Johnson Lindsey will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 10, 2007.
Our epoch with Myrtle Charlotte Johnson began on Tuesday, June 1, 1907, on a farm near Sheffield, Pa. Her parents, Fred and Anna Johnson, were Swedish immigrants entering the United States two decades earlier. As Sweden lost an important family, the United States gained an encouraged family unit already in place. There were more siblings for Myrtle after Fred and Anna's arrival in the late 1880's. Myrtle was one of 10 children: four brothers and five sisters.
Myrtle was the only child of the 10 to graduate from high school. Myrtle continued to work hard throughout her lifetime in various occupations, mainly clerical and secretarial. She retired in 1969 from Sears and Roebuck and Company in Erie, Pa. She met and married Edward Lindsey and they were married in 1927. They were married for 50 years. During their marriage they lived primarily in Erie, Pa., and had two sons, William and Merle. After their retirement, Edward and Myrtle moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. Edward Lindsey died in June of 1977.
Following the death of her husband, Myrtle relocated with her granddaughter in Augusta and has since moved to Thomson. Her health is outstanding and her family is extremely proud of her life's successes.
Myrtle has lived a long, healthy and full life. She and Edward were blessed with two sons, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Her family members affectionately refer to her as "GG." She has lived in three states and vacationed and traveled around the United States. She has triumphed over nationality issues, language barriers, employment woes, the depression within our country, and deaths and family losses, yet she continues to be guided by her gentle spirit and determined resolve.
Myrtle gets her hair done weekly, visits the doctor as needed, reads, discusses world issues, is a nature enthusiast and loves her family. She is visited regularly by her friends and gives attention to her pets. She is a member of Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson, Tenn.
Jennifer Harrison is a sixth grade science teacher at Thomson Middle School. Ms. Harrison and her family will gather this week to celebrate GG's 100th birthday.