I was a young student nurse during the 1940s when Gertrude Virgin, or “Gertie” as we called her, worked at the former Augusta General Hospital (“Gardiner woman celebrates 106th birthday”).

Small in stature, Gertie zipped through the halls cleaning everything in sight with a smile. If she was working in the kitchen, it was not unusual for her to lade more food on your plate.

Our work consisted of long, hard days during World War II, but it always was more pleasant when Gertie was there.

Happy 106th birthday, Gertie. Thanks for all the memories.

Roberta Liscomb Day


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