After celebrating 100 birthdays, one might wonder how it would be possible to make the next one as special as the last. 

For Irma Guest, the simple solution was having family members fly in from all over the country to visit as she celebrated 101st birthday last Friday. 

In 2020, Irma’s family organized a drive-by car parade for family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday. This year, they decided to keep it simple by spending the afternoon grilling hotdogs and hamburgers with family, including daughter Janet Jones, the mayor of Bogart.

Irma was raised in Jackson, Georgia, and went on to get two degrees from Wesleyan College in Macon– the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. It was the same college her mother attended, and where she met her husband.

She worked as a librarian for most of her adult life, and is still an avid reader. She said her favorite genre is mystery, and that she recently received a box of Christmas books in the mail from her monthly subscription that she is excited to read.

She is also looking forward to the fall weather setting in, as she enjoys taking walks outside. She said walks are less enjoyable in the grueling summer heat, but she continues to participate in group exercise classes almost every morning.

Her other hobbies include knitting and crocheting, and she was featured on Fox 5 last year after she began knitting homemade masks during the pandemic. 

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