Erah Prestwood celebrated her 100th birthday last week and though she can’t hear so well anymore, she puts on makeup and jewelry daily and sits in her room at Madisonville Care Center with her purse in her lap waiting for visitors.
“Okie dokie, dominoke,” she says frequently.
Born in Alabama, Prestwood worked as a “cafeteria lady” and married the love of her life, Henry Prestwood, in 1936.
“I’m most proud of marrying my husband,” Prestwood said. “We had a wonderful Christian marriage.”
Both taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church and they had four children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Prestwood’s children visit her often and they “have a wonderful time,” she said.
“Stay in church and live the way God wants you to,” is the advice Prestwood said she would offer to young people. “We were raised that way. Our families all go to church. When I was 5 years old I knew what it meant to accept the Lord as your Savior. It sure did us good.”
Turning 100 doesn’t seem to faze Prestwood.
“Life goes on, doesn’t it?” she said. “I feel good to know I’ve lived that long.”
She pauses then adds her signature comment, signaling that the interview is probably over.
“Okie dokie, dominoke.”