100 years young

Photographs of many of her Leetonia South Side School classes including DeErla's graduation class. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
One of two birthday cakes for celebrating DeErla's 100th birthday. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
This is the button and tam that DeErla wore at the 1985 Rose Bowl festivities and game on New Year's Day where the Ohio State Buckeyes played against the USC Trojans. USC won 20-17. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Each of the tables in the community room were decorated with memorabilia from DeErla's life. This is a 1941 football program from the Ohio State-Michigan game held in Ann Arbor that year. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Guests were treated to a history of DeErla's life growing up and working in Leetonia as well as a history of the village posted in several spots around the room. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla poses with her great-great nieces and nephews from Enon Valley, Pa: (front from left) 13-year-old Katelyn Stivers, DeErla Smith, 7-year-old James Stivers; (back) 12-year-old twins Evelyn and Lillian McClain, 16-year-old Sabrina McClain, 10-year-old Addison Stivers, and 14-year-old Marissa McClain. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla talks with her longtime friends, Helen McCoy of Leetonia (left) and Marilyn Wire of Columbiana. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla's Happy 100th birthday celebration napkin. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Guests were treated to a history of DeErla's life growing up and working in Leetonia as well as a history of the village posted in several spots around the room. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
This Certificate of Election states that DeErla Smith was elected as treasurer of Leetonia village for two years on November 8, 1955. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla greets her guests as they all stop to wish her happy birthday. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Ninety-four-year-old Helen Weikart McCoy, also a lifelong resident of Leetonia reminisces about the days gone by. Helen and DeErla, or "Speed" as Helen called her, have shared many experiences through school, church and village activities over the years. DeErla served on the committee that designed and sold the Leetonia coverlet at her back. It was a fundraising project at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Ninety-four-year-old Helen Weikart McCoy, also a lifelong resident of Leetonia reminisces about the days gone by. Helen and DeErla, or "Speed" as Helen called her, have shared many experiences through school, church and village activities over the years. DeErla served on the committee that designed and sold the Leetonia coverlet at her back. It was a fundraising project at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Ninety-four-year-old Helen Weikart McCoy, also a lifelong resident of Leetonia reminisces about the days gone by. Helen and DeErla, or "Speed" as Helen called her, have shared many experiences through school, church and village activities over the years. DeErla served on the committee that designed and sold the Leetonia coverlet at her back. It was a fundraising project at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla visits with Kelly Davis and her 3-year-old daughter, Tylee from New Castle, Pa. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
DeErla visits with Kelly Davis and her 3-year-old daughter, Tylee from New Castle, Pa. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

DeErla Smith, lifelong resident of Leetonia, on Saturday celebrated her 100th birthday with 200 of her family and friends at the Leetonia Library. DeErla doesn’t officially turn 100 until Dec. 21, but because of the fast-approaching holidays family decided to do this celebration early when more folks would be available to attend.

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