Three of them are 105!

By Meghan Overdeep
August 27, 2019
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A senior living center in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted a party for the ages earlier this month. Six women living at Meadows Lakeshore Senior Living—Lena Carman, 101, Mary Lois Arnold, 103, Anelia Hardy, 104, Marion Lyon, 105, Marylyn Petr, 105 (not pictured), and Opal James, 105—were joined by family and friends to eat cake and celebrate their 100+ birthdays on August 15.

The Centenarian Appreciation Day was organized by the Century Club of Greater Green Hills and Kathy Bennett, who oversees client services for Family Staffing Solutions, Inc., a local assisted living company.

“When we realized there were six centenarians in one facility, we knew we had to throw a party for them,” Bennett told Good Morning America. “We got the word out and had a room full of people to have fun with them. It was such a special day; the ladies had a ball.”

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In addition to plenty of well wishes, each woman received a Centenarian Award from Governor Bill Lee and Nashville Mayor David Briley, as well as a proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives.

James, who turned 105 on April 12, was born and raised in Tennessee. "I never smoked, and I never did drink, and I've been a church goer all my life," she told The Tennessean. "I've just lived a good life, and a pretty happy life, too."

Lyon, who also celebrated her 105th birthday, has never used a walker or a wheelchair, and only needs glasses when she reads. She told The Tennessean that her secret to a long life is simply staying active and urged younger generations to “get away from the iPhones and get outside and play and get some activity."

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Together, the Century Clubs of Tennessee have honored 58 centenarians, some of whom have birthdays dating back to 1910.

"Anyone with three digits in their age should be celebrated," Bennett told The Tennessean. "They have lived through the many defining times of our nation’s history. ... From Rosie the Riveters to Air Force pilots, who were just simple farmers before the wars began.”

“They’re amazing people,” she added.

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