Rose Bain celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, surrounded by her friends and family at her home at Ada Baptist Village.

The centenarian spoke of her three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as her four siblings, during the midday party at the assisted-living facility.

When asked what was the best thing about turning 100, Bain said, “That I made it! Nothing’s easy about growing up, you know? You get married. You have kids. And you just go through it. And you love it. You love them. So that makes it easy.”

Bain married Aubrey Bain in 1940 and remained married until his death in 2010.

“The best things through the years were my children,” she said. “The three most important things were when each of my children were born. They grew up to be happy, happy people. I was (eventually) the grandmother, you know? So, they brought all the kids to my house when they wanted to go somewhere. They’d tell me what a good time they had.”

Bain also spoke kindly of her own parents and grandparents.

“Grandmother would come and stay with us, and we were happy because we could get by with so many things,” she said. “‘I wouldn’t tell if you wouldn’t tell,’ so that’s the way it went.”

Bain remains an avid reader, eats cookies and ice cream every day and is noted for her love of pajamas.

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