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Tifton woman celebrates a century

Photo Credit: Cody Long


A Tifton woman is celebrating a big milestone surrounded by friends and family at Southern Care Assisted Living.

Julia "Marie" Aultman is celebrating her 100th birthday. She's lived a long, healthy life so of course she has been asked how she has done it.

"Live every day as it comes," Aultman said. "I've had a healthy life, no kinds of pain and there's not a scar on my body, no kinds of surgery."

Aultman's family and friends surrounded her Friday afternoon in Tifton to celebrate a century.

"She's still pretty sharp and gets around by herself," Southern Care Assisted Living Administrator Frank Sayles said. "She's just an amazing woman."

As Aultman looks back, she remembers her husband of 63 years, Robert Aultman, and the day they got married.

"We come to town to a preacher who we knew and we got married and that was it," she said.

She is one of 11 children. Her younger sister, Betty King, was by her side Friday as they reminisced.

"I was only five years old when she got married so I didn't really know what getting married was," King said. "I was that young you know..but I knew that she would not come back home that night..and wouldn't be living with us anymore."

They enjoyed cake and drinks and looked at photos from last Sunday when they celebrated her milestone at church.

"It was wonderful," King said. "The church was full of her friends and and a few relatives but some friends she hadn't seen in years came."

"We just wish her a Happy 100th Birthday and I wish we all could live as long as her and be as healthy as she is," Sayles said.

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