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Plainfield Nursing Home Resident Celebrates Turning 107-Years-Old

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By: Yuritza Arroyo

One of Plainfield’s very own has hit an astronomical milestone this fall.

According to officials, on October 31, in a Halloween-themed bash, Estelle Nelson celebrated her 107th birthday. 

“In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was president, and Estelle Nelson was born.

“Do the right thing,” Estelle said. When asked what her secret to a long life was, she gave all of her praise to God. 

“Dorchester, South Carolina, is where she is originally from, but after moving to New York when she was 23 and having children, Plainfield is now where she calls home.

Her family often visits her at her nursing home, AristaCare, at Norwood Terrace.

On their last visit, they were asked about their upbringing.

“What I admire most about her is that she was an Iron Lady,” Her family said.

“She was a strong lady and was always there for us. She was a great mother, and she gave us everything!”

When asked what something was that Estelle had instilled in them, they all mentioned that it was always to treat people the way they wanted to be treated. 

The job of this progressive era-born mother will never be done, and the staff at AristaCare at Norwood Terrace get to admire Estelle’s grace and strong will every day.

“I love how she loves to dance,” the recreation team said. “She has never lost her sense of humor and I’ve learned through her that age is just a number and no matter what age you are, keep on fighting.”

“She’s told me to follow your heart and not to let people dictate what you do with your life.” They continued. “I’ve learned from her that laughter is a great medicine and to always have courage in the face of adversity.” Said Nivan, Quality Experience Director at Norwood Terrace. 

Estelle: an astute lady who loved to party in the 50s and still does, has deeply inspired the staff at AristaCare and is looking forward to celebrating her 108th birthday next year.