Published on May 05, 2013

Centenarians: Georgia Mae Cuppert

 The Florida Times-Union



Georgia Mae Cuppert, who lives at St. Catherine Laboure Manor on Stockton Street, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 24.

She was born Georgia Mae Spear in Chattahoochee, in the same house where her father was born, and moved to Jacksonville when she was 1 year old.

She attended Jones Business college in Jacksonville and, in the midst of the Great Depression, took a job with Standard Oil of Kentucky, which had an office on Riverside Avenue. She met her husband, Joe, at the Avondale dry cleaning shop run by her mother, and she and Joe were married in 1938. They lived on Wolfe Street in Avondale and were married for 67 years. Joe passed away in 2005.

She has two daughters, Carolyn Cuppett Thornton and Margaret Cuppett McIlvaine, and three grandchildren and two great-granchildren.

She celebrated her birthday with a party at St. Catherine’s, hosted by Riverside Park United Methodist Church.

She cites “love of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and all of God’s family; faithfulness, self-discipline, willingness, work ethic, perseverance and joy” as the secret to her longevity.