Elizabethtown Ida Atkinson and many friends and family celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 28 at the Elizabethtown Hospital.
After about three months at the hospital, Atkinson’s friends from the Essex/Willsboro Senior Center, who have thrown her a birthday party every year for the past 15 years, surprised her with a birthday celebration.
“She was very surprised. She said, ‘I see you did it again,’” said Denis Everleft, site manager at the Essex/Willsboro Senior Center. “Then she told me she wants a bigger party for her 200th birthday.”
Over 40 people attended Atkinson’s birthday party. Her friends came from the senior center and family members from around the area giving her flowers, cakes, cupcakes, and other gifts including a proclamation from Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Essex County on her monumental birthday.
“It was a really nice party,” Ada Hutchins said. “The Elizabethtown hospital did a great job helping to create a great party for Ida.”
Atkinson was born Jan 28, 1912 at Trout Pond, in the town of Chesterfield. She is the daughter of Orrin and Susan McCann Rumney.
Everleft described Atkinson as an independent, active and charismatic woman with a great sense of humor. She worked in Sportsman’s Diner for 19 years in Willsboro, and for the last few years, she has helped in the nutrition center at the senior center.
Her nephew, Ron Bruno, said Atkinson has lived independently for her whole life and still plans to do so when she leaves the hospital in a week.
“She will need some help with house and to help her with some things, but she wants to try and do it alone when she gets home,” Bruno said.
Everleft said he was glad to see so many people come together for Atkinson’s party and said the number of friends she has reflects her great and warm personality.
“We wish her lots of happiness and joy and hope she’ll be around another 100 years,” Everleft said.