Gladyce Larimer of Auburn recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Woodside Village Mobile Home Park. Guests came from as far away as Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, South Dakota and Colorado to be part of Gladyce’s special day. Gladyce was born Jan. 8, 1911 in a small farming town in South Dakota. At the age of 18, after one year of teacher’s college, she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She tells many interesting stories of her experiences during those years. In 1933 she married Jack Larimer. They lived in Illinois and Oregon before moving to California. They raised three sons, Ralph, John and Duane. Jack passed away in 1990. In 1991 Gladyce moved to Woodside Village and started a new chapter in her life. She played the kazoo in the Gold Country Senior Band, volunteered at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, went on many AARP bus trips and enthusiastically participated in many activities at the park. She made many new friends and enjoyed each new experience. Gladyce’s secret to a long life is a positive attitude and a happy smile. She says being Norwegian helps a lot too.