Rena Mae Kidd celebrates her 100th birthday
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100th Birthday
Rena Mae Humphrey Kidd celebrated her 100th birthday on July 6 with family and friends at Mountain View Inn. With the centenarian are five generations of her family, from left are daughters Hazel Kidd and Wanda Prewitt; grandson Brad Prewitt; great-granddaughters Connie Maedano and Chloé Prewitt; and standing beside his great-great-grandmother is Dylan Maedano.
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Rena Mae Humphrey Kidd, a resident of the Cleveland Towers, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

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.