HAGERSTOWN - Mary Bartles still can't believe she got a birthday card from President George W. Bush.
"That surprised me awful. I never expected to hear from the President," Bartles said.
Or that 80 friends and family members gathered in her honor, including her pastor. For those present, though, marking Bartles' 100 years of life was worthy of a memorable celebration.
"It was a surprise party. I cried," Bartles said of the party her family threw for her at Coffman Nursing Home, where she has been a resident for 12 years.
The party was held on her birthday, Sunday, Oct. 7.
With members from six generations of her family present, it was hard to keep emotions in check. Three of Bartles' six sons are still living, along with 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and at least one great-great-great-grandchild.