100th birthday celebration held for Cleffie Long

California Mayor Norris Gerhart, left, hands Cleffie Long, right, a proclamation marking July 1, Cleffie M. Long Day in California.

California Mayor Norris Gerhart, left, hands Cleffie Long, right, a proclamation marking July 1, Cleffie M. Long Day in California. Photo by John Inman.

A 100th birthday celebration was held at California Care Center for lifelong Mid-Missouri resident Cleffie Long. A specially decorated cake, ice cream, punch and other goodies were served at the the event which packed the common area of the nursing home. Proclamations marking July 1st Cleffie Long Day (Clarksburg) and Cleffie M. Long Day (California) were handed to Long by Clarksburg Mayor Eric Moore and California Mayor Norris Gerhart. Moore, president of the Moniteau County Democratic Club, also gave Long a proclamation from the club marking Long as a lifetime member.

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Gleneth Rowles, Cleffie Long's daughter, speaks during the 100th Birthday Celebration for Long.

Long has one daughter, Gleneth Rowles (son-in-law Bill Rowles), one grandson, Ronnie Rowles (granddaughter-in-law Angie Rowles), and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Jordan.

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Many came out for the celebration of Cleffie Long's 100th Birthday held July 1st at California Care Center.

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Clarksburg Mayor Eric Moore, left, hands Cleffie Long, right, a proclamation marking July 1, Cleffie Long Day in Clarksburg. Moore, also the Moniteau County Democratic Club president, handed Long a proclamation from the club making her a member for life.

During the event, new Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Clarksburg, Pastor Bill Romans gave a special prayer. Afterward, Long told Romans she was his oldest member at the church.

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