Hundreds of Blount County students were under the tutelage of Helen Webb, a native of this community who taught elementary school for 40 years. Several others know her because of her loyalty and work with the Blount County Republican Party. Few of them may realize, however, that this graduate of Maryville High School and the University of Tennessee turns 100 on Saturday. It’s a huge milestone and one that will celebrated at a birthday party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Asbury Place – Maryville, where she has resided for the past 25 years.
She does run into people all the time that she’s met over the years. Inevitably age comes up. “They usually tell me how good I look and then ask me how old I am,” Webb said. “I tell them to guess. They always guess between 85 and 90. Then when I tell them they say, ‘Oh my goodness, that can’t be.’” Helen has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
This soon-to-be centenarian told family she didn’t want a big deal made of this important day, but granddaughter Beverly Dupes and other family members couldn’t treat it like any other day. They plan to show Webb just how much she has meant to them over the years. Friends are also welcome to stop by at Asbury Place on Saturday and extend well-wishes.
If there is a secret or some special advice on just how to become a member of the centenarian club, Webb didn’t provide any. She kept her mind busy as a teacher for 40 years and that has to be a good thing where longevity is concerned. She still keeps busy and even exercises two to three times a week. She said her health has been good over the years.
Webb does get out on occasion and used to attend First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but she attends services now at Asbury. She said she would like to welcome old and new friends to stop by any afternoon for a visit. The years have sped by. Even Webb herself finds it amazing she has lived far longer than most. She is grateful for the journey and for the friends she’s met along the way.