Great-Great-Great-Grandmother With 173 Descendants Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 12 Aug 2020 18:01
Kelley Oakley/Facebook/ABC 11

A great-great-great-grandmother with 173 descendants recently celebrated her 100th birthday, and I hope she got a gift off every single one of them.

Julia Lee Kelley from North Carolina has five children, 30 grandchildren, 88 great grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild making Cheaper By The Dozen’s Baker family look small.


Apparently the huge family holds a reunion every year, but this year was particularly special – it was Julia’s 100th birthday.

Kelley Oakley/Facebook

With the ongoing health crisis in mind, to celebrate Julia’s birthday her family arranged a drive-thru for her rather than their usual meet up.

Julia and a few of her family members sat under a marquee as people drove past to wave and wish her happy birthday like a true queen.


As well as people driving by, there was apparently a motorcade, dancing, and even a cascade of dollar bills raining down on her, reported Fox 13. Now that’s how you celebrate a 100th birthday.

Posted by Kelley Oakley on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Julia’s granddaughter Kelley Oakley documented the whole thing on Facebook in a live video on August 8 that has had over 19,000 views.

Prior to sharing the video, Kelley posted a message on her page wishing her grandmother a happy birthday.


The post read:

Dear Grandma I’m blessed to still have you! Today is your day…live it up! I pray that I live as long as you and still be cute and healthy! I still need to learn how to make those cakes from scratch like you but we still got time. Keep blessing us with just living…I love you and Happy Birthday!!’ My Gma 100 y’all

Happy birthday, Julia!

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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