Margie Gilliland, who is shown standing at the altar of Benton United Methodist Church, where she is a member, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 21. She taught school in Polk County for more than 37 years at several elementary schools and many years at Polk County High School. Her family, friends, former students and members of Benton UMC wish her a very happy birthday. Miss Gilliland was a very active member of her church and continues to support its activities. The centenarian is an avid reader and does beautiful handmade items especially cross-stitch tablecloths. Many of her family and friends have her beautiful work including many special Christmas stockings she has made for them. In this photo, she is shown standing at the altar of Benton United Methodist Church.