Mo­men­tous Birth­day for Mrs. Verna West­gate

108 years young!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

On March 15th 2016, Mrs. Verna West­gate cel­e­brated her 108th birth­day sur­rounded by fam­ily, friends, and her ex­tended fam­ily of res­i­dents, staff and vol­un­teers from Grace Vil­lage,

Len­noxville. The day started with a sur­prise gift of 108 home­made cup­cakes, gifts from friends Sylvia Mar­lin Va­chon and Lynda Pelser. The cup­cakes were dis­trib­uted through­out and en­joyed by all at Grace Vil­lage. Four gen­er­a­tions of Verna’s fam­ily and friends gath­ered in the Tea Room later in the day for a birth­day party com­plete with her fa­vorite home­made cake. Mr. David Price, pres­i­dent for the Bor­ough of Len­noxville, and Mr. Jim Crook, Trea­surer for the Dr. W. J. Klinck Foun­da­tion, came to pay trib­ute. Later in the day Verna en­ter­tained friends at a card party, one of her cher­ished pas­times. The fes­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued through­out the week as Verna wel­comed some spe­cial guests in the way of dig­ni­taries who came to visit and pay homage to a very spe­cial lady. The Hon­or­able Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Comp­ton-Stanstead pre­sented Verna with a cer­tifi­cate from the House of Com­mons, and Mr. Guy Hardy, MNA for St. François pre­sented Verna with a cer­tifi­cate from the Na­tional As­sem­bly along with a box of de­li­cious choco­lates. Verna took all the at­ten­tion in stride as she greeted ev­ery­one who came to call with her usual dig­nity and hu­mil­ity. Those who were priv­i­leged to par­take in this mo­men­tous birth­day week were in­spired by Verna’s ex­am­ple of cel­e­brat­ing life and ap­proach­ing each day with an op­ti­mistic and fun-lov­ing out­look for well be­yond a cen­tury.

Back Row: Greg Bishop (Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mas­saw­ippi Re­tire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties) and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau (MP Comp­tonS­tanstead); Front: Verna West­gate.

Verna West­gate re­ceiv­ing cer­tifi­cate from Mr. Guy Hardy, MNA St-François

Verna West­gate and the 108 cup­cakes made by friends Sylvia Mar­lin AndLynda Pelser

Verna play­ing cards with friends in

the Grace Vil­lage Tea Room.

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