Amy Loftis has always put family and her faith first.
On Saturday, however, her family and friends ensured she got her moment to shine as well.
Loftis was surrounded by family and friends from across the nation on Saturday during a celebration of her 100th birthday at the HFV Wilson Community Center. The community center was filled with people ready to celebrate the longtime Ardmoreite’s centennial birthday.
“It is just awesome,” Nileph Roberson, Loftis’ oldest daughter, said. “People are flying in from everywhere for this.”
Roberson said six generations of Loftis’ family were present at the event. Roberson spoke highly of her mother, who made it a point to fully invest her life in her family. Loftis “touched many lives,” according to Roberson and she said she hoped that her mother would “have the most beautiful day you could have.”
Loftis has been a part of the Ardmore community for many years. Roberson recalled Loftis’ ability to upholster furniture, a skill she learned from her husband who worked at Johnson’s Furniture. Roberson said her father would teach Loftis and then she would continue to build on them.
“Eventually he said ‘people are coming in here for her, not to see me,’” Roberson remembered her father saying, noting Loftis’ ability.
While she spent a lifetime learning, Roberson said one of her mother’s greatest traits is her ability to teach.
“She taught us so, so many things,” Roberson said. “She taught us to love Jesus and love people.”
Loftis, in a book written to her family, told her descendants she hopes to have helped “building a better you” and encouraged them to “never forget where they came from.” Roberson said her mother’s love is one of her legacies and her love for her family is only matched by her love for God.
The celebrations took place yesterday at 2 p.m. in the HFV Community Center, with Loftis surrounded by her family and friends.