Four residents of Windy Hill Village in Philipsburg are turning over 100 years old this year. It's a major accomplishment and Tuesday, they're celebrating.
Ardath Kelley is turning 105 years old this April. What makes this birthday celebration so special for her is that she gets to share it with her childhood friend.
"Anna and Ardath were friends before when they were children," Activities Assistant, Sandie Walstrom, said. "Then they ended up working together and now they're also living in the same home together."
Anna Harshberger is also turning 105 years old this year, exactly one month, to the day, before Ardith.
"When they first saw each other, they're like, I know her!" Walstrom said. "They get together, they meet, they share stories together, talk about things they've done in the past and they seem to do a lot here together."
Harshberger said the secret to leading a long life?
"You work hard, I guess," she said. "I worked hard all my life."
Louise Lobb agrees. She's turning 101 years old this year and her daughter, Kay Churner, said hard work and a healthy lifestyle are to thank for all of her years.
"She never smoke, she never drank," Churner said. "She took a lot of vitamins. She's taken quite a few tumbles different times and she bounces right back at her age. It's amazing."
What do you get for someone who is turning 102 years old? Ruth McNamee is pretty easy to please. All she wanted was a bag of potato chips.
"These people are young and happy at heart and they have wonderful stories to share with us," Walstrom said.
More than 400 years of good stories, combined. It's a first for Windy Hill Village and something they're proud to share.
"It's a great inspiration to us to see them still be able to do things and come out and party with us and have fun," Walstrom said.
Two of these women have already celebrated their birthdays in March, the other two will celebrate in April.
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