At the end of a long red carpet in a small Forest City sat a large room packed with people. The crowd was fixated on one person there, Saturday afternoon, who softly sat at the head table.
Rachel Green prefers to wear her white hat over a crown, but she’s Rutherford County royalty, especially on the day she celebrates a century. She was born on July 6th, 1917.
“I’m going to be just like you. I’m going to live to see 100,” a guest told Rachel.
Her line of admirers seems endless. Each waited patiently to share what Queen Rachel’s 100-year reign has meant to them.
“I always tell people they always have someone they want to be like, she’s who I want to be like,” one family member told the crowd.
When her husband died suddenly after just nine years of marriage, Rachel raised three children on her own. 10 grandchildren followed, 14 great-grandchildren after them and eight great-great-grandchildren after them, but everyone who knows and loves Rachel simply calls her “mother”.
“She is the most famous person I know is Rachel Greene, aka Mother,” a grandson said.
One by one family and friends went up to the mic to share memories and thank Green for her love throughout the years. Many spoke of her unshakable faith and constant prayers.
"If you want to see Jesus, just look at Mother," a loved-one said.
Family is everything to Green. You could see it in her eyes as her grandsons sang her Happy Birthday.
“I’m not one to say I told you so, but on her 90th birthday, I told you so,” one said.
100 years is a long time to make an impression and Rachel used every second making others feel like royalty.
“I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck,” a woman told her.
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Green. Thanks for sharing your big day with WBTV.