Helen Turner is 107 and darn proud of it (VIDEO)

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eady to be serenaded by her many well-wishers on her 107th birthday Tuesday, April 1 is Helen Turner. eady to be serenaded by her many well-wishers on her 107th birthday Tuesday, April 1 is Helen Turner.

LINWOOD – If the city were to name its most popular citizen, it would most certainly be Helen Turner, who celebrated her 107th birthday April 1 with her many friends at Brandywine Estates. Truth be told, everyone who meets Helen, calls her friend.

Turner's daughter Nancy Mellon of North Carolina and her granddaughter Lindsey Mellon of Washington, D.C., were there to spend the day. Nancy Mellon also had the chance to watch her centenarian mom greet all the guests, make jokes, stop for photos and just enjoy her celebrity.

“I know my mom is pretty amazing. I am so happy that she is here and enjoying herself and has made so many friends. When I call her and she is not in her room, I know she is visiting and remaining active. Once she could no long live at home alone and we made the decision to come here, it has been a good fit, and I could not ask for a better place for my mom,” Mellon said. “It’s like having a kid in college. You are concerned about them when you can’t get a hold of them, but you want them to be independent and have a good time.”

Mellon did not mind sharing her mother with so many friends on Tuesday. Helen Turner had a line of well-wishers waiting and they came with gifts and cards for the birthday girl.

“If it were up to me I would not have a party, but my friends would just kill me, so I decided to have a party,” Turner said.

Two visitors traveled from Towson University in Maryland to help Turner celebrate and to fete her for being the university’s oldest alumna. Turner graduated from Towson in 1928 with a teaching degree. Karen Blair, the assistant to the dean of education, and Ann Kolakowski, the director of major and planned gifts, presented Turner with a Towson Tiger and certificates honoring her. 

There was a grand birthday cake for the celebration with just seven candles. Brandywine Estates Activities Director Lorraine Weber of Egg Harbor Township told Turner that once she got to 100, the counting started all over again. Of course, Turner laughed as the seven candles were lit.

The “Happy Birthday” chorus was about 50 voices strong, and the birthday girl at 107 could still blow out the candles.

Turner plays rummy cube every day and makes sure to watch "Jeopardy" to keep up on her trivia knowledge. She still knits every day and teaches by example how to make every single day count.

How lucky we will all be if Turner has a cake with eight candles on April 1, 2015.

The center of attention on her 107th birthday is Helen Turner with her granddaughter Lindsey Mellon and her daughter Nancy Mellon. The center of attention on her 107th birthday is Helen Turner with her granddaughter Lindsey Mellon and her daughter Nancy Mellon.

Karen Blair and Ann Kolakowski of Towson University visit with their oldest alumna, Helen Turner on her 107th birthday. Karen Blair and Ann Kolakowski of Towson University visit with their oldest alumna, Helen Turner on her 107th birthday.

 

 


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