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Photo by Kami Collins Anna Marie Suppes, Virginia Harris, Margaret Fowler and Helen Wood celebrated their 101st and 100th birthdays last week with a joint birthday party at Crossroads Assisted Living, where all four reside.

Friends, families and staff from Crossroads Assisted Living celebrated in a big way last week, by observing the 101st birthday of resident Anna Marie Suppes and the 100th birthdays of residents Virginia Harris, Margaret Fowler, Helen Wood and Hazel Denike.

Festive balloons decorated the dining area and staff served slices of cake and ice cream to the crowd who gathered to wish the five happy birthday. Staff also asked each of the birthday ladies to share some bits of advice.

Margaret shared her best piece of wisdom: "Just be thankful for every day."

When asked about the key to a long-lasting friendship, Helen replied, "The willingness to listen is very important for friendship. You must listen to their problems also, so you can pray for protection over a friend. Also, you need to thank friends for their gift of friendship."

Virginia, when asked to share one of the most important principles she learned through her life, said, "My faith is the most stabilizing value of my life. We learned to be honest and upright. We lived through the Great Depression and were taught to work hard. We were expected to be responsible and make good choices, and that consequences can be good or bad. My mother passed away when I was six years old, and it was up to myself and siblings to continue the family home. I feel this impacted my life, but it's the faith that is so important."

Anna Marie was asked what the most important lesson she ever learned. She said, "I've learned to put God ahead of everything else. If I didn't have God, or wasn't able to pray, I would have an empty dish. God loves everyone, every person, and He cares about us. I think about the good things in my life and there are many good and beautiful experiences. God wants us to enjoy life. When Mary and Joseph had Jesus, I know they were happy and smiled a lot."

Delta Mayor Ed Sisson was on hand to celebrate and to present the ladies with certificates of achievement. "I do a lot of tough things, but this is one of the fun things I get to do as mayor," he told them.

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