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Photo submitted Ann Marie Suppes, left, and Miriam Hartig receive their meal from Leo Club member Trevor Whiteside at the Super Senior 90s luncheon. At 99, Ms. Suppes was the oldest in attendance.

Citizens age 90 years and above have a lifetime of experiences and sacrifice which have helped shape our families and make our community a better place to live.

It is for their longevity that the Delta Senior Center annually celebrates these special persons with the Super Senior 90s luncheon at the center.

This year's event was a success on Wednesday, April 13, with 81 total diners helping to honor and celebrate 20 persons age 90 and over, who received a free delicious lunch of roast turkey and all the trimmings, cooked by the Senior Comm-Unity Meals staff.

The center's dining room created a celebratory atmosphere with festive tablecloths, flowers and other decorations. There were beads for the seniors, music, introductions and many happy conversations between friends. All the special seniors went home with a gift basket featuring fruit, nuts, candy and other treats.

Although there were 20 special seniors in attendance, 28 registered in advance.

Those present for the event were Marie Anderson, Robert Anderson, Martha Atchley, Jean Barber, Marcy Boss, Bert Dougan, Bob Dwyer, Elsie Dwyer, Mary Gallegos, Edna Gray, Virginia Harding, Miriam Hartig, Lorena Hudgens, Edna Ives, Ann Marsh, Doris Myers, Hazel Reaksecker, Ella Spisak, Lorene Stone and Ann Marie Suppes. Not present were Irma Briscoe, Howard Dean, Nina Den Beste, Charlotte Smith, Betty Tinsley, Raymond Tyler, Eleanor Wagner and Helen Wood.

Thanks were given to many for making this year's Super Senior 90s luncheon a success.

• Doris Myers, a longtime DSC board member, organized the event for the second straight year. She planned and sent out invitations and fielded phone calls.

• Larry Davidson sponsored the meals for the age 90 and over seniors as part of a legacy tradition through his father's estate.

• Volunteers at the DSC and members of the board of directors helped to set up tables, decorations and put gift baskets together which were presented to each of the special seniors.

• The Delta High School Leo Club, the junior organization of the Delta Lions Club, helped by providing four members who served and cleared tables. They were Alexis Williams, Lily Lockhart, Trevor Whiteside and Shelbi Ledesma.

• Music was provided by musicians Dick Simms and Scott Kolb before and during the meal.

• Ruby's Floral provided the flowers presented to the special seniors.

Other similar luncheons were held at the senior centers in Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia. The Delta County Council on Aging set the date which coincides with meals served at all four senior centers in Delta County.

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