She was born July 6, 1914, in Maryville and spent her early years in Santa Clara, Calif.
Her dad was manager of a citrus grove.
She tells of climbing trees with her sisters and eating big lemons.
When she was 16, her family came back to Maryville in a two-seater Dodge car. She worked as a nanny to a local doctor’s children, going to the ocean for the first time.
In 1933, she married Fred Houston Kidd and their 52-year marriage was blessed with two daughters: Wanda June and Hazel Ruth.
Mrs. Kidd has two grandchildren, including one deceased; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Kidd was an excellent cook, making the best pastry and candy anywhere around, said her children.
A wife and stay-at-home mom, she painted, wallpapered and refurbished a 100-year-old farm house. Her husband raised cattle and managed a small grocery store.
She is known as a strong Christian and the “rock” in her family. She attributes her long life to God and good health.