Agnes Studstill celebrates 100 years today on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sims, Studstill was born and raised in Madison and has lived in Madison for most of her life when she wasn’t working or attending school. She worked for a loan company for nine months and went off to college at Florida State University. She attended FSU when it was a women’s-only college and majored in bookkeeping. After graduating, Studstill married her husband, Howard and took a job at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. She and Howard were married for almost 25 years before he passed. In 1960, the couple built Studstill Lumber and owned it until 1985; Studstill even came out to the ribbon cutting ceremony and cut the ribbon when the new owners celebrated the company’s grand opening. To this day, Studstill’s name is still used in Studstill Lumber and Hardware. A new location has also been added in Perry that still operates under the name Studstill.
Studstill has two brothers, Gus Sims and Carl Sims; two sisters, Alice Sims and Willa Clare Copeland (deceased); and six nieces. Throughout her life, Studstill has had many hobbies. She especially enjoys reading and traveling. From 1985 to 1995, she and her sister traveled to all 50 states and five foreign countries, including England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Mexico. Out of all the places she’s visited, though, Studstill loves Canada the best. Studstill has always loved her community and was a member of the Madison County Women’s Club for 50 years. She received a medal recently for her dedication to the Women’s Club. Studstill has had Faye Ludwig as a caregiver on and off for almost 10 years and considers Ludwig a very close friend. Ludwig also cared for Studstill’s family. For her 100th birthday, Studstill will be celebrating with family and friends. She owes her longevity to “hard work and fresh air.” “We used to have to look for two-by-fours down the hills [while working at Studstill Lumber],” said Studstill. “I think that really helped.”
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1. Agnes Studstill