CARTERVILLE -- When Maxine Roe was born in Carrier Mills in 1918, no one might have guessed she would live to become a centenarian.
"She weighed 3 pounds, and they put her in a dresser drawer and used a cook stove as an incubator," her daughter, Judith Ann Dutko, of Raleigh, N.C., said.
But, Maxine survived and thrived. Eventually, she grew up and moved to nearby Stonefort, where she married George Lewis. The couple then moved back to Carrier Mills.
On Memorial Day weekend, 26 members of Maxine Lewis' family came to celebrate her 100th birthday, which was June 3. Family members came from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Carrier Mills.
Among those joining the celebration were her children, Dutko, Kenny Lewis of Carrier Mills and Keith Lewis of Lillian, Alabama.
Maxine resides at Brookstone Estates in Harrisburg, and is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville.