By Rick Banas of senior living and assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.
Everything was in the pink as assisted living resident Louise Donley celebrated her 100th Birthday earlier this week.
Louise, who was born in Danville, Illinois, has been a resident of our Bowman Estates of Danville affordable assisted living community for the past 3½ years.
She attributes her longevity to, “hard work and the Good Lord being on my side.”
She and her husband farmed and raised four children.
She now enjoys reading and walking and loves basketball, especially the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.
Living out on a farm, she says that the biggest change she has witnessed in her lifetime was the introduction of electricity. Lights made it so much easier for us to see, and appliances such as washing machines became available. Now, it is all of the computer technology.
The day before she turned 100, her family held an open house that was attended by 130 relatives and friends.
On her birthday, she went out to Red Lobster for a “whole plate full of shrimp” before attending the party held in her honor at Bowman Estates.
With pink being Louise’s favorite color, the serving table was decorated with a vase of pink roses, a bowl of pink punch, a sheet cake decorated with pink flowers and Birthday Wishes written in pink.
Of course, Louise wore a pink outfit.
Displayed outside on a table outside the Dining Room was a poster created by Louise’s daughter, Betty Plotner. Using a combination of candy and gum wrappers and words, Betty expressed Happy Birthday wishes to Louise – “Our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.” Of course, Betty used pink poster board.
Here is what Betty wrote (with the Candy & Gum Wrappers reflected in Bold)
Five Skor’s ago, today, March 4, 1913
Way beyond the Milky Way,
there was a little Sweet Tart born
and Baby Louise, not Baby Ruth, was to be your name.
In your parent’s eye, you were worth a 100 Grand,
& you will hear no Snickers from us,
for we all agree you are worth that much, plus Smores!
Yes, today is your Special day
& there is no one worth a Bit-O-Honey more than you,
Our Mother and our friend!
We wanted to take you to New York
Because you have never been,
But the Extra cash slipped through out Butterfingers
and our Pay Day is yet to come.
So on this, your 100th Birthday
Go ahead Take Five and rest,
For it’s been a Whopper of a day
But we hope it’s been your best!
And we wish you Mounds of Almond Joy
As you Zero in on this day, The BIG 100.
We pray your joints don’t Crunch Crisp and Krackle
And that you enjoy a NutRageous day and year
Filled with lots of Good & Plenty of love and joy.
Dots of Love, Hugs & Kisses
from all the M&Ms & Tootsie Rolls in Your Life.
‘Live your life as The Lord sends it.’ – Louise Donley
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