Emma Hollingshead reaches 100 years

PAT FRIDGEN
Emma Hollingshead, a Greencastle native, celebrates her 100th birthday on March 4.

Emma Hollingshead celebrates her 100th birthday Thursday, and the staff at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is throwing the party.

The former Greencastle resident moved to Chambersburg about two years ago, and is visited daily by her daughter Lucille Oaks, who shared details on her long life.

Hollingshead was born March 4, 1910 in Clay Hill, the daughter of Harry and Liza Hollinger. She attended grade school and married at 19. She and Lloyd Hollingshead were wed Feb. 2, 1930. They started life together just west of Greencastle and then settled in at 230 N. Allison Street. The couple had two children, Lloyd Jr. and Lucille.

Hollingshead worked at Mercersburg Shirt Factory and then Victor Hosiery, where she knit army socks and nylons. She was a member of First United Brethren Church on North Washington Street, now called First United Methodist. Her husband passed away in 1977.

Oaks said her mother was an avid gardener and canned the produce. She also enjoyed doing embroidery and working at events at Greencastle Sportsman Club as a member of the auxiliary. She worked word puzzles until a few years ago.

Hollingshead outlived her three brothers and three sisters. Her descendants include her two children, six grandchildren, one step grandchild, 10 great grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. She is in good health but no longer walks, not regaining mobility after she broke a hip. She recognizes Oaks but does not converse much anymore.

Her family has warm memories of her, and the time they were part of her century of living.