Sue Draffen, of Calvert City, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 27. Born in 1921, Draffen moved to Marshall County in 1939 for her father to work on the Kentucky Dam Tennessee Valley Authority’s flood control and hydroelectric dam that was rising in the river bottoms near Gilbertsville.
She was born in Lake Village, Arkansas and grew up in Mississippi. Draffen was known as a “dam girl,” moving up and down the river due to her father’s job of building dams.
Draffen attended Murray State College where she met her husband. She married James Luther Draffen on April 27, 1941 in Calvert City. They had two children, Jim and John Morris, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Throughout her life Draffen has been a life-long member of Calvert City Methodist Church, a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, member of the Calvert City American Legion Auxiliary and was co-organizer of the first Parent Teacher Association at Calvert City Elementary School.
In 2016, Draffen was honored by getting to lead the Calvert City Lion’s Club’s 57th Annual Christmas Parade as Grand Marshal.
Her family is hosting a drive-thru birthday party on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Calvert City Civic Center, located at 1445 Fifth Ave. in Calvert City.