Leon and Pat McLaurin pose with their mother and mother-in-law, Naomi T. McLaurin, during her 102nd birthday celebration on Aug. 6. Courtesy photo

102 years of 'legendary' cooking: Palm Coast woman celebrates milestone birthday

This Palm Coast woman just celebrated her 102nd birthday.
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Aug. 14, 2018

Celebrating 102 years of life, Palm Coast resident Naomi T. McLaurin gathered with family and friends at the new Market Street Memory Care facility to ring in her birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Naomi had just moved into the facility on Aug. 1, shortly after it opened for business. She is one of the first residents — the most senior resident so far — and the first to have a birthday celebration there, said her son, Leon McLaurin.

Naomi McLaurin was born in Mebane, North Carolina, on Aug. 6, 1916. She is the youngest of nine children.

After her husband, Arthur McLaurin, died in 1998, she moved to Palm Coast with her son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Pat McLaurin, in 2004. 

At Naomi’s birthday celebration, her pastor, Rev. Edwin Coffie, of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast, provided a musical tribute to the church's most senior member.  He concluded by serenading her with “You Are So Beautiful To Me.”

A large birthday cake was prepared by Market Street’s Executive Chef Steve McManus to add to the celebration.

Leon described his mother’s cooking skills as legendary, as she often invited neighbors to dinner after they dropped by right before meal time. He said she would somehow have enough food for all.

“My sister and I would often wonder, how does she do that?” Leon said in a letter to the Observer.