Hazel 'Madge' Sheppard Rorie Shelby was born March 24, 1917 to Lotus and Isophene Sheppard in Ash Flat, Arkansas. She is the oldest of ten children and was unable to finish high school, as her mother became ill and needed help with the children.
The family lived in Ash Flat where her father farmed. He could not make a living farming, so the moved to Seminole, Oklahoma, where he worked in the oil fields.
Madge met and married Walter Alden Rorie in Seminole. They had three children - Anita Rorie Archer, Robert Rorie, and Mildred Rorie Denton. The family moved back to Arkansas, but Alden was unable to support the family, so they packed up and moved to California, where Madge made a home for the family while Alden worked.
At one point, Alden had to have back surgery and wear a body cast for six months, so Madge worked as a soda jerk in the local drug store to support the family until he could work again. When he went to Korea for the war, Madge kept the family intact. When the children were in high school, Madge went to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California.
They retired in April 1973 and moved to Cabot, Arkansas. Alden became ill after a few years, so they moved to Oklahoma to be close to their daughters. He went home to be with Jesus there in 1983.
In March 1986, Madge married Stirman 'Buster' Shelley and they lived in Cabot. Buster had two children - Rosemary Shelley Griffin and John Shelley. Madge loved them as her own.
Madge has depended n the Lord to see her through her life since she found Him. Whenever there was joy or sadness in her life, Jesus was always the first on she turned to. She has always been as active as possible in every church she belonged to. Wherever she found a body of believers with whom she could worship and work in service of the Lord. She is still living for and depending on Jesus.
At 100 years of age, she is still alert and active. She now lives with her daughter in Rose Bud. She enjoys quilting, reading, embroidering, working crossword puzzles, and visiting with family and friends. She takes care of her room, as well as the rest of the house when needed.
Madge is the mother of five children, 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of her 100 years of love will be on Saturday, March 25, at Cabot First Baptist Church from 2 - 4 p.m.