Helen Kennedy turns 100

On August 10th 2007, I had the distinct honor and privilege of celebrating Helen Lydia Jones Kennedyís 100th birthday with family and friends at Tryon Estates in Columbus, North Carolina. 

Helen had planned many details of her birthday with the organizational, logistical, and (Iím sure) moral support of Debra Jones and Glenn Jones.  Martha and Jack Jones managed to throw in some surprises, namely my mother and myself! 

We were joined at a luncheon of lobster bisque and lamb chops by Tilly and Mary, friends from Tryon Estates.  Jack gave a toast to commemorate the occasion and the party continued into the evening.

Here are a few pictures.  Pardon my Ďnot so sharp imagesí.  I included a few because they help tell the story.  Please, copy and reuse the ones you like.

In the days that followed Ann, Sam, and Margaret Ann Carr, waylaid by weather, carried on the celebration. 

My great-aunt Helen has now passed away.  While she lovingly remarked that she didnít recommend living so long, she was a bright and lively spirit who seemed to enjoy the festivities, family, and friends that came with turning 100 years old.

Celebrate now!

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Gathering before lunch 
Grace and Helen 
 Debra and Glenn
Jack and Grace 
Our luncheon table 
 Toast to Helen
 Helen and Mary
 Gnawing on the lamb bone
100th birthday cake! 
Everyone makes a wish 
Tilly and the memory book 
Another surprise 
 Helen, Martha and Jack
 After-hours party in the apartment
 More cake!
Have a cherry?
I'd love one!
 The Bridgewater Group partying
The Bridgwater Group posing 

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