Muriel Frances Gerdom was born on Sept. 9, 1912 in Highlands, N.J. She moved to Havre de Grace in 1919. Her family was one of the first families to make the move from Sandy Hook Proving Ground in New Jersey to Aberdeen Proving Ground, where her father worked. She was the oldest of four children that Frank and Carrie Thompson had. Her siblings, Gertrude Daugherty and Leon Thompson, live in Wilmington, Del. Her brother, Francis Thompson, died in 2002.
Gerdom was married in 1930, to Earnest Gerdom, who died in 1967. They were childhood friends and lived next door to each other.
She has three daughters, Joyce Blake and Muriel Greenland, of Bel Air, and Barbara Shue of Churchville. She had a daughter, Doris, who passed away at 9 months old. She has one son, Earnest Gerdom Jr., of Chestertown.
She has seven grandchildren, Wanda Reed and her husband, David, of Lancaster, Pa., Keith Shue and his wife, Eva, of Port Deposit, Cindy Norris and her husband, Roy, of Joppa, Ralph Blake and his wife, Kathe, of Jarrettsville, Lloyd Shue and his wife, Lisa, of Bel Air, Jeff Blake and his wife, Margaret, of Havre de Grace, and Debbie Gagnon and her husband, David, of Adrian, Mich.
She has 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Gerdom has been attending Havre de Grace United Methodist since she was 5 years old. She taught Sunday school there for 38 years, and she reads her Bible every day.
She loves watching the Orioles on TV and rarely misses a game. She stays up until midnight some nights just to finish watching the game. She loves doing crossword puzzles to keep her mind sharp.
Her family and friends celebrated her birthday with a big birthday bash on Sept. 9. At the party, Harford County Executive David Craig surprised Gerdom with a Harford County Executive's Citation for her 100th birthday. More than 150 family and friends from six states came to celebrate such a special occasion.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun