Marion Hunter, a New Orleans resident for 75 years, turned 100 on Jan. 10. It was an occasion celebrated by her family as well as her friends at Mercy Endeavors Senior Center.
The family attended Mass, followed by a second-line parade to Wisdom Reception Center for her official 100th birthday party. Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, where Hunter has been an active member for more than 10 years, celebrated with birthday cake, a bouquet of roses and a sparkling tiara.
Born in Reserve, Hunter has six children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She has been active in many organizations throughout the years, including her 60-year membership in Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Peter Claver and her 70-year membership at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She has participated and assisted in the Legion of Mary, Food for Families/Food for Seniors and Christmas Social Club, among others. She has been honored as Catholic Woman of the Year, received the Golden Senior Award and even met President Barack Obama in 2011.