Martha Gradel

Martha Gradel

Longtime resident Martha Gradel will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends Saturday in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Freddy Duron, in Robinson.

Martha was born in Waco on Nov. 26, 1917, to Frances and Will Lyell. She married Anthony Donald Gradel on April 14, 1936. They had eight children.

They owned and operated Gradel Brothers Flooring and Martha worked at the Veterans Administration in the psychiatry department. She later retired from Providence Health Center’s medical records department in Waco.

She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and has been an avid donor to Mission Waco.

Martha says her secret to longevity is “everything in moderation.”

In addition to her eight children, she has 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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