Some 300 friends and relatives recently helped Mary Lloyd Redford Stoddard celebrate her 100th birthday.
Among those attending an open house at the Holladay Stake Center was a former student taught by Stoddard in a one-room schoolhouse in Cornish, Cache County.Stoddard was born Feb. 9, 1889, in Wellsville, near Logan.
Stoddard attended Brigham Young College for a short time before returning to Logan and completing her teaching degree at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University).
At 18, after passing state examinations, she became a teacher in Cornish, where she taught all elementary grades in a one-room school that was heated with a pot-bellied stove.
On June 22, 1910, she married Roscoe Stoddard in the Logan LDS Temple and moved with her new husband to a homestead near Swan Lake, Idaho. Twice the family lost its farm to weather catastrophes.
Stoddard has lived through both world wars. During World War II she worked in a defense plant while three sons served in the armed forces. One son, Paul Roscoe, was killed in the Philippines.
She has also lost a daughter and a daughter-in-law to cancer, though she has survived cancer surgery herself.
Her husband died in 1972 while they were residing in Logan. Stoddard moved to Salt Lake shortly thereafter, purchasing a home next to her son Charles. Another son, Ellwyn, lives in El Paso, Texas. She has 20 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and the arrival of a great-great grandson brings her family representation to five generations.
A program at the reception featured the Swanee Singers under the direction of Jay Campbell. Campbell wrote a special song in honor of Stoddard that was performed during the program.
In addition to the 300 who attended the open house, cards were received from some 100 other well-wishers.