We have met so many wonderful people during our visits to these facilities. A few years ago we met a sweet lady named Lizzy Payne, who lives at Madison Health Care.
Stuart and I realize that it isn’t polite to ask a gal her age, so we were surprised a few years back when we were informed that Lizzy was going to be celebrating her 100th birthday.
The staff told us that Lizzy always wanted to be busy. She helped staff members in the laundry room by folding towels and sheets.
I remember visiting Lizzy in her room, where she and Stuart posed for a couple of birthday photos. I thought it was quite an honor to help someone celebrate 100 years of life.
Last week Stuart and I attended Lizzy’s 102nd birthday party, which was a lively affair with lots of guests.
Stuart and I met Lizzy’s daughter, Norma Cross, who was busy getting the party off to a great start. She told us a few interesting things about her mom. Lizzy’s granddaughter Katrina Wilson was there too, and she was also a birthday girl.
Lizzy was born in Kentucky and moved to the Indianapolis area in 1934. She raised five daughters, two of whom are deceased; two live in Florida and Norma lives here.
Lizzy worked outside of her home while raising her family. Norma told us that Lizzy worked for many years in the medical records department of Community Hospital. She also held a position in the City-County Building for quite a while.
It was fun to watch the staff and residents taking turns having pictures taken with Lizzy. Stuart waited in line and was excited to have an opportunity for a couple of pictures.
There was a beautiful birthday cake and plenty of cupcakes.
The party was still going strong when Stuart and I needed to get going. We stopped at Lizzy’s table to visit for a minute or so. The last thing I said to her was something I often say to friends. I smiled and pointed to Lizzy and said, “Behave.”
She returned my smile, slowly shook her head and said, “No way.”
Happy birthday, Lizzy Payne!