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Centenarians celebrate in North Central Florida

Jan 23, 2015 | Recent Campus Events

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The Village, home to more than seven hundred senior citizens held their first annual centenarian birthday celebration.

The social was held in honor of nine residents who will be turning one hundred or more this year with the oldest, Ouida Fay Paul, turning 104 years old at the end of January.

The social had live entertainment and was open to friends and family with refreshments such as coffee and pastries served.

Family members of the celebrants say it’s a day they’ll always remember.

“Being able to be here with my mother celebrating with her is incredible,” said Glenn Mott, son of centenarian turning 102.  “It’s a God given blessing that we all had in our family.”

A blessing other generations can learn from.

“My mother has been such a great example of love for her family and all of us to follow. We need to teach the next generation how to age well also.”

The social was open to friends and family and had coffee, deserts, and a cake for each birthday person being celebrated.

“To live to be 100 or 104 is an accomplishment,” The Village Resident Life Manager Paula Bowlin said. “Typically we’ve had two or three but this is the first time in the seven years I’ve been here that we’ve had nine turning a hundred or more in one year.”

The new tradition will be held every January to kick off the year and celebrate life.

This story originally featured on WCJB-TV. See the article here.