Macon family celebrates with virtual 96th birthday

Willie Mae Edwards turned 96 years old this past Sunday.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon family got a little creative when it came to celebrating a 96th birthday party during the coronavirus pandemic.

Willie Mae Edwards turned 96 years old this past Sunday. Her family usually has a big party. But this year, with the COVID-19 and shelter in place orders, they used the video calling app Zoom.

Everyone was able to call in and have a virtual birthday celebration for Ms. Edwards.

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Shelby Coates is an evening anchor/producer at 41NBC News. She anchors the 5, 5:30, and 6 evening newscasts. She also works behind the scenes producing the 5:00pm and managing newsroom assignments. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.