Pair celebrate with birthday bash celebration at Bethany Gardens


The residents, staff and special guests Bethany Gardens Nursing Home gathered on Friday, Feb. 23, to celebrate the birthdays of Dorothy Southern, age 106, and Violet Stirling, age 104.

“Dorothy is a leap year baby so we joked and laughed with her about her 26th birthday,” said Ebony Stinson, activities director and therapeutic recreation specialist, at the 800 W. Chestnut St. facility.

“As we celebrated these stellar ladies birthdays, we began reflecting on the overall age of our residents here,” Stinson said. “Currently, we have six residents that are over the age of 100! They range in age of 100-106.”

“We are very proud to report that longevity seems to be the trend at Bethany Gardens,” the activities specialist added. “We have 28 residents in their 90’s and 24 residents in their 80’s. Bethany Gardens is home to 100 people which, if you do the math, means a little more than half the facility are enjoying their twilight years.”

“Dorothy and Violet like many residents that live in our facility have lived through 19 presidents, many of wars (including World War I and World War II), witnessed the first moon landing of the Apollo, the Great Depression, and the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Stinson said.

The two enjoyed their birthday bash, Stinson said, complete with cake and traditional party favors.

For additional information on Bethany Gardens, people can visit the organization’s website at www.


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