On a sunny Saturday in March, the community room at The Oaks — an independent senior living apartment complex on University Boulevard — was redolent with the fragrance of soup: old-fashioned vegetable, chicken, and tomato with fresh basil. The occasion was to celebrate those residents who have reached 90 years of age — or more!
The six celebrants were Mr. Raymond Gardner, Mrs. Cecilia “Ceil” Matzel, Mrs. Pauline Switzer, Mrs. Blanche Watkins, Mrs. Rosey Weaver, and Mrs. Blanche Williams. The event was coordinated by residents Mary Jacobs, Phyllis Chase, and Jean Langhorne (the “crock-pot soup brigade”).
MoCo County Executive Ike Leggett attended and shook hands with the celebrants. Attendees also met our new District 5 Councilmember, Cherri Branson. The Council presented certificates to the “blessed six.” A “best wishes” message arrived from State Delegate Bonnie Cullison; State Senator Roger Manno sent personalized certificates.
“It is our opinion that each of us enjoy being recognized, validated, and appreciated,” said Jacobs. “It is an honor to celebrate milestones, especially for those persons who reach that golden age of 90 years plus. These blessed ones here at The Oaks live in their own individual apartments. They still do their own personal shopping, cooking, use public transportation, and a few still own and drive their own cars.”
The celebrants’ mantra is: “We are happy to be alive and we want you to know it.” ■
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