Mary Idola Tout Niell will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday, Oct. 30 at Payson Care Center. Mrs. Niell's son, Allen Darr, will make the celebration even more special with a marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Lois Kay.
Mrs. Niell was born Oct. 30, 1905 at her family's homestead in Texas Ridge (later called Deary), Idaho.
She was married twice. Her first husband was William Darr, with whom she had two sons, Lewis, who died in 1961, and Allen, who has been a resident of Payson for more than 35 years. Her second husband was Dowell Niell.
Mrs. Niell has made her home in Payson for more than 30 years.
Helping with the birthday and wedding celebrations at Payson Care Center will be Mrs. Niell's grandchildren, Debra Darr Smith, Danny Darr and Connie Darr Smith, step-grandson, John Valdez; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Allen Darr and Lois Kay dated for several years before Lois' mother intervened. To hide her from Allen, Lois was sent to a Catholic nursing school run by nuns, according to family stories.
Allen searched for Lois for years, finally finding her with the help of a friend.
The couple was reunited at Allen's 50-year class reunion in Idaho.
Last year, Lois came to Payson and now the couple will marry on Oct. 30.