Marietta woman marks 105th year
MARIETTA — A Marietta woman turned 105 earlier this month with her birthday celebrated with much fanfare at The Pines at Glenwood.
Staff and fellow residents of the assisted living facility sang “Happy Birthday” to Frances Bishop, who was born on Sept. 3, 1915. They also ate cupcakes.
“Glenwood has given her the socialization that most seniors need,” said Ashley Bills, director of Marketing at Glenwood. “She became very involved with people and activities during her eight years in independent living. She has thrived during her 12 years in the Glenwood Community and has always been happy with all that was available to her and the special care given by the kind staff.”
“I do want to thank you. You all are so nice. I’ve never seen so many nice people in one place in all my life,” Bishop said. “I want you to know how much I appreciate you, all of you.”
Bishop is originally from Kirksville, Mo., where she helped her husband, a country doctor, with his medical practice. They raised two daughters and have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She has lived at Glenwood since 2008.
She loves flowers and chocolate, which she eats every day, enjoys knitting, sewing, volunteering and helping others, never says a negative word, enjoys the petting zoo when it comes to Glenwood
“She told me once while she was curling her eyelashes before an event, ‘You’re never too old for makeup,'” said Bills.
Jane Jones, a daughter, said her mother told her always to keep a strong faith, work ethic, stay physically fit, volunteer and busy.
“She loves living,” Jones said.
“Fran is a perfect example of what we aim to provide at Glenwood, where the Spirit creates abundant life in community,” Linda Dailey, executive director at Glenwood, said.
Bishop has taken advantage of what Glenwood has to offer by moving from independent living to assisted living when she found she needed additional support, Dailey said.
“I’ve always been amazed at how she found joy in life at her age,” Caroline Beidler, business office manager, said.
She has a cheerful disposition that makes everyone smile, Bills said.
“Her spirit is so infectious it makes it hard to leave her presence,” Bills said.