Local woman celebrates 106th birthday

PARKERSBURG – Since her birth on July 3, 1907, Ethel Dye has seen the world change in astounding ways.

People have gone from getting from place to place using horse and buggy to airplanes moving faster than the speed of sound.

She has witnessed people going into space and to the moon using rockets along with other advancements of the 20th century and the early 21st century.

Dye is a lifelong Wood County resident and her husband was a farmer.

“I was born on New England Ridge,” she said Wednesday. “I was a farmer’s wife and raised two daughters.”

Her daughter Eleanor Wildman said her mother lived on a farm until about 20 years ago. She said her mother attended Bethel Christian Church and more recently attended Belleville Presbyterian Church.

In addition to two daughters, she has four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

On Wednesday, Ethel Dye celebrated her 106th birthday at Worthington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family and friends. Many of her resident friends were on hand to join in the fun.

Dye is a “bingo queen” and in honor of her birthday, her daughter and granddaughter agreed a Bingo Bash was the order of the day. Decorations were in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.

Dye tells everyone she meets if she had been born a day later, she would have been a firecracker.

Until recently Dye kept busy making handmade doll clothes.

When asked how she has managed to stay so sharp, she said, “You need to get up and get going in the morning and you have to keep a sense of humor.”

Dye has slowed down in recent years but the staff at Worthington said she does not miss a chance to be around others, often arriving for activities ahead of schedule.

Dye is known as being friendly with everyone she meets and she enjoys attending Friday socials with her good friend Bob “Pappy” Johnson, who has been visiting her a number of years.