Former Advertiser editor, columnist Madera A. Spencer turning 100

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In 1955, she was hired as the newspaper’s society editor, and would stay with the Advertiser for 27 years; On Oct. 8 the longtime fashion expert from Montgomery will celebrate her birthday.

Madera A. Spencer, who was a society editor and columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser for 27 years, turns 100 on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Contributed)

The Montgomery Advertiser’s Jan. 5, 1955, issue had a busy front page with photos of two amazing women.

At the top was Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. The other — buried below a dozen small stories — was the smiling face of 34-year-old Madera A. Spencer.

Then publisher R.P. Hudson had just hired Madera as the Advertiser’s society and fashion editor. She had already been published in national magazines and held presidential roles in several writer organizations.

Madera, who turns 100 on Oct. 8, would write several regular columns for the Advertiser over

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