Resident Margaret Austin with her Century Club award

On Jan. 3, 2017, Life Care Center of Centerville, Tennessee, held a party for two 100-year-old residents.


The celebration honored Louise Beasley and Margaret Austin as their family members and friends gathered together. The group visited and shared stories and old pictures of the two residents.


Matt Wiles, activity director, planned the event with the help of his team, and they served personalized cakes, ice cream and cookies.


Even a reporter from the Hickman County Times newspaper showed up to interview the ladies and learn their life stories.


“Mercy,” said Austin. “I can’t believe this is all for me!”


Beasley was born in Dickson, Tennessee, on Jan. 2, 1917. She was married to Wallace Beasley for 60 years, and they had two children, Charles and Harry. She now has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She earned her living as a seamstress at the Siegal factory, and she loved to cook and spend time with her husband.


Austin was born in Lyles, Tennessee, on Jan. 3, 1917. She was married to Jim Austin, and they had three children. She now has two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She earned her living working at the Genesco Inc. factory. In her younger years, she enjoyed basketball and dancing.


When asked how she has been able to live so long, Austin said, “I’ve had good people around me.”

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