The lives and contributions of Delta seniors who are 90 years young or more were celebrated in a special annual event on Wednesday, April 24, at the Delta Senior Center (DSC). The Super Senior 90s luncheon event was attended by 70 persons. There were 23 seniors over age 90 who attended, with several others who planned to come but were unable to make it.
Those honored were Robert Anderson, Martha Atchley, Orland Broome, Marci Boss, Margie Carroch, Art Cannon, Marjorie Cheney, Howard Cowan, Pat Cowan, Bob Dwyer, Elsie Dwyer, Jack Hamilton, Virginia Harding, Barb Hedges, Lorena Hudgens, Dorothy Ison, Edna Ives, Lale Jackson, Judy Kalk, Elsie Kennedy, Don Lucy, Peg Lucy, Anne Marsh, Jo Maxwell, Alvin McKinzie, Charles Morrell, Doris Myers, Madeline Simineo, Lorene Stone, Barbara VanTassel, Eleanor Wagner, Edwin Kanisis, Art Linsay, Ray Norris, Anna Mae Miller, Maybelle Philpoffer, Joana Pslues, Ann Marie Suppes, Dollie Harris, Norma Vincent, Helen Browning, Irma Briscoe and Howard Dean.
They each received a floral gift from Ruby's Floral, and a gift basket filled with snacks, fruit and candy prepared by the DSC.
Lorene Stone won a prize for having traveled the farthest to the event. She came from Grand Junction. Madeline Simineo won a prize for having the most children (eight). Norma Vincent was a close second with seven.
A delicious lunch of baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied bacon Brussels sprouts, homemade wheat roll and frosted cake was prepared by the Senior CommUnity Meals staff. Lunch trays were served to all by Delta Senior Center volunteers, under the guidance of Betty Zavadil, dining room and volunteer manager.
The Delta luncheon was organized by Doris Myers, a longtime volunteer and board member of the DSC, with help from other DSC volunteers, and board members. The tables and dining room were decorated, and all honorees received special necklaces at the reception table, staffed by Lisa Riem, Margaret Bakeman and Dennis Jackson.
Meal costs for the honorees were paid for by Larry Davidson, a former DSC board president, in a memorial tribute to his father, Gerald Davidson, who began the Senior 90s celebrations many years ago. Special music was provided by Ron Smith, with help from Orland Broome. Broome also offered a prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Paul Ash served as announcer.
The Super Senior 90s luncheon is an annual celebration set by the Delta County Council on Aging. Other special luncheons were held the same day at the Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia senior center meal sites.