SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTOS BY B. SCOTT MOHR Ella Keller (left) turned 105 years old Sept. 1, and a birthday/tea party was held in her honor Sept. 6 at Beech Grove Meadows. Seen with her 94-year-old sister, Marjorie Pierson, Keller attributes her longevity to good genes (her mom lived to be 95 and her sister 96), never smoking or drinking and being ornery. Keller was born in Vicksburg, Ind., which is south of Terre Haute, and was married to Richard Keller before he died about 20 years ago. She lived on her own until moving in the nursing home two years ago. She is still active and likes to go to lunch with her friends and walk to Walgreens when the weather is nice.
Celebrating with Keller are Beech Grove Meadows staff members (from left) Crystal Elswick, Letti Jose, Janice Crawford, Nikita Blount and Becky Chambers.