Country Club Estates’ oldest resident, Ruth Brown, celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday, with the help of the community.
To help Brown celebrate, residents, friends and family of Lehigh Acres hosted a drive-in birthday party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“We invited the community to show their love with a drive by party. People came out with signs and waved to wish him a happy birthday,” Community party organizer Barbara Thompson said.
After the drive, neighbors and friends were invited to Brown’s for a small party with cake and decorations.
According to Brown’s daughter, Cleve Moritz, a local business also stepped in to help make the day special.
“Sign Gypsies were kind enough to donate a sign for my mother’s 100th birthday for free.” said Moritz.
Brown has resided in Lehigh Acres for over 45 years.
“Our whole family is from Ohio. My mom and dad moved out and bought a house here in Lehigh 45 years ago,” said Moritz. “She has two children, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Five generations in total, with 90 years between my mother and James, her great-great-grandson.
Moritz said her mother always remained active.
“Both my parents loved to play golf. My mom had her first and only hole-in-one when she was 80. So I tell everyone, it’s never too late.
Brown’s family threw her a private party a week prior, so the family could fly in and be with her on her special day.
“His whole family, with the exception of a grandson, was able to attend the family celebration. His official birthday was Friday the 18th,” said Moritz.
When asked the secret to her longevity, Ruth attributes the fact that she turned 100 to having a glass of wine a day.