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Roses, lights mark 100th birthday

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photo courtesy of Barbara Webb
FAIRLAWN — Eleanor McDonald celebrated her 100th birthday a couple of weeks early with a gardenia behind her ear during a party Aug. 10 at Fairlawn Country Club.

McDonald, who turned 100 years old Aug. 27, still enjoys a glass of wine every afternoon while she recites the rosary, according to her daughter Barbara Webb, of Fairlawn.

Born Aug. 27, 1913, McDonald is originally from Pittsburgh but has lived in Bath for around 70 years, according to Webb.

Both of McDonald’s children, as well as her six grandchildren and spouses, attended the family party, which was decorated with 100 yellow roses and 100 tea lights.

McDonald, who spends the colder months in Naples, Fla., where her son James McDonald lives, has another celebration, a tea party, planned for later this year, according to Webb.

Spouse of the late Emmet McDonald, the centenarian has 14 great-grandchildren, including three sets of twins who all turned 6 this year.

She still loves her gardens, swimming and dancing, according to Webb.

The evening was marked with a champagne toast and topped off with an ice cream ball covered in pecans and hot fudge.

— By Ariel Hakim

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