2003-01-18 / Community

A ‘Rae’ Of Sunshine In Rockaway

By Gary G. Toms

A 'Rae' Of Sunshine In Rockaway
West Lawrence Care Center Resident Turns 105
By Gary G. Toms

An Ageless Wonder! Rae Pearl turned 105 this week.An Ageless Wonder! Rae Pearl turned 105 this week.

While many of us hope to live to be 100, Rae Pearl has actually done it. Actually, the West Lawrence Care Center resident celebrated her 105th birthday this week with several family members, facility administrators, and other residents.

The party featured an array of food, music, and a special birthday cake for the celebrant. Mary Lou Tressy (Administrative Assistant for the office of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer) presented Pearl with a proclamation from the Assemblywoman.

During the celebration, other residents took to the microphone to express their love and appreciation for the ageless wonder.

"Rae is a beautiful person. There should be more people in the world like her," said one of the residents.

NT face=Arial,sans-serif size=-1>West Lawrence Care Center staff present Pearl with a corsage.
The room was filled to capacity with many of Pearl's friends and co-residents.The room was filled to capacity with many of Pearl's friends and co-residents.
The kitchen staff whipped up this beautiful birthday cake to honor Pearl's amazing accomplishment.The kitchen staff whipped up this beautiful birthday cake to honor Pearl's amazing accomplishment.

A resident and close friend reads a poem she wrote in honor of Pearl's birthday.A resident and close friend reads a poem she wrote in honor of Pearl's birthday.
NT face=Arial,sans-serif size=-1>Mary Lou Tressy, representing Assemblywoman Pheffer's office, read a proclamation presented by Pheffer during the party.

The facility's staff designed the sign.The facility's staff designed the sign.

Pearl is pictured with West Lawrence Care Center staff and family members. Pearl's family members included Gerald Epstein (son-in-law), Gary Epstein (grandson), and Evelyn Epstein (daughter).  Photos by Gary G. TomsPearl is pictured with West Lawrence Care Center staff and family members. Pearl's family members included Gerald Epstein (son-in-law), Gary Epstein (grandson), and Evelyn Epstein (daughter). Photos by Gary G. Toms

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