If you ask, 100-year-old Wilma Thrasher might tell you she’s actually 101 because after her original birth certificate was burned, the wrong date was recorded on the new one.

At least that’s the story Limestone Lodge Administrator Kay Wilson heard. But Thrasher’s birthday is currently listed as Feb. 20, 1906, and Monday lodge residents and staff celebrated it with cake and decorations.

Guests sang “Happy birthday to you,” and enjoyed the festivities.

“I think she appreciates the attention and everything,” said daughter Rheta Tcherneshoff.

Thrasher suffers from dementia, is confined to a wheelchair and is currently under extended hospice care.

“She’s got a lot of determination. Right now she’s confused,” said Tcherneschoff.

While health problems and age have taken their toll, Tcherneshoff described her mother as formerly “ambitious, hardworking, serious minded and a no-nonsense person.”

“She’s very sweet. You can tell she’s very outgoing,” said Lani Shelton, of Limestone Lodge. “She tells stories; she’s got stories.”

But who wouldn’t have stories with the life Thrasher has lived? She was born in Jefferson County to Thomas and Cere James and moved to north Alabama during her school years. Thrasher later earned her teaching certificate and was teaching school when she met her future husband, Cecil G. Thrasher, of Lawrence County.

The couple had four children, two of whom are now deceased. Clarice Kelly, of Decatur, and Tcherneshoff, of Huntsville, are the only living children. Cecil G. Thrasher, Jr., died in a helicopter crash and R. Blaine Thrasher, a navy jet pilot, died after his plane went down.

The Thrashers owned Thrasher’s Grocery and Quick Freeze in Moulton. They were members at Moulton Baptist Church, where she served as librarian and Sunday school teacher.

She was also active in mission organizations and she helped neighboring churches with missions work.

After her husband died in 1983, Thrasher committed herself to working on the farm and historical research. She is said to have raised cattle on the farm in Moulton until she was 90-years-old.

Wilma Thrasher has 11 living grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

She has been residing at Limestone Lodge since 2003.

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