104 Years Young and Unstoppable, Mary Gilmore Celebrates Birthday with Air Force Family at Hawthorn House
A resident of the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) for the past 40 years, Mary Gilmore celebrated her 104th birthday on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
A birthday party was held at Hawthorn House, AFEV’s assisted living and memory support residence, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and Gilmore was recognized with a cake and a glittering tiara. Mary’s children, Joe Gilmore, and Mary Ann Gilmore, both from New York, attended the party to celebrate with their mom.
“I’ve tried to bring Mom home to New York, but she doesn’t want to leave her friends and her Air Force family here,” Joe Gilmore said. “My mom has always been an independent person.”
Mary Ann Gilmore said her mom always has always been the type of woman if you told her she couldn’t do something, she’d prove you wrong.
“When she was told she couldn’t get a driver’s license, Mom took an automotive course to learn how to repair cars,” Mary Ann explained. “One time our car broke down and Mom had determined the fan belt was broken. She removed her pantyhose and made a belt for the car and got us home. Nothing stops her.”
Mary first came to the local area with her husband, Clarence, who had retired from the Air Force in 1960 as an E7 after 29 years of service, in 1976 to live at Teresa Village (formerly owned by Air Force Enlisted Village). They spent thirteen years together enjoying retirement life until Clarence passed away in 1989. Mary continued to live independently at Teresa Village until she moved to Hawthorn House a few years ago.
“We’re honored to be a part of Mary’s life for the past 40 years,” AFEV President and CEO Brooke McLean said. “She’s a blessing to our community.”