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Happy 99th Birthday
Hilda Johnson

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On March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, the Baker County Council on Aging was decorated for a special birthday celebration. Ms. Hilda Johnson turned 99 years old. Ron Mallet presented her with a dozen beautiful pale pink roses. The seniors gave her a green tee shirt that said “Lucky Me, I’m 99 years old!” She said that she didn’t know if she would wear it in public, because she didn’t want everyone to know. But then she laughed, because she is proud of it. We played ‘Hilda Trivia’ which was a lot of fun. When we sang the birthday song to her, she sang along, “Happy Birthday to Me!”
Last year for her birthday, Hilda wanted to have a ‘Pretty Feet’ Contest. She said she thought her feet were nice for 98 years old and wanted to compare them to others. Several ladies volunteered to bare their tootsies and it was a unanimous vote that Hilda’s were the prettiest. We propped them up on a green pillow and took some pictures and she was elated!
Hilda is an adorable little lady with a great big sense of humor. She rides the bus to the Friendship Center everyday and loves playing bingo, talking with her friends and having a good meal at noon. She likes other activities as well; watercolor, different kind of games and manicures. She especially enjoyed our movie outing last month to Orange Park Theater, where we ate at Aunt Annie hotdog and pretzel place and then saw “Saving Mr. Banks”. She said that was the most fun she’d had in a long time.
Hilda also loves reminiscing and is in the process of writing her autobiography. She sure has some interesting stories to tell and loves reliving them with anyone who wants to hear them. She lives with her daughter, Faye, her grandson and two cats.
You can contact Baker County Council on Aging at (904) 259-2223, or stop by "101 E. Macclenny Avenue", to find out about volunteer opportunities with programs that provide services for seniors, deliver food and nutrition services, provide financial and housing counseling, sponsor social and civic activities and more. You will discover that when you help seniors thrive in your community, you may gain a lot more than you give.