Menifee’s Longest Living Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday In Style

Irene Evans celebrated her birthday for the one hundred and first time on August 31, 2011. Not very ...

Irene Evans celebrated her birthday for the one hundred and first time on August 31, 2011. Not very many people can mark that accomplishment on their list of life’s triumphs, but some how Irene makes 101 look good.

Irene Evans 101 birthday
Sun City Gardens
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan she spent nearly half her life on the left coast. When it came time for retirement the warm sunshine of California was calling and not surprisingly, she found herself in the appropriately deemed Sun City. Having moved here in 1970 with her now late husband, she has lived what can be deemed a very full life.

In fact, she lived in her own home until the age of ninety-nine just two years ago and was even driving up until her one-hundredth birthday. Her son laughed as he recalled, “the only reason she really stopped driving was because her drivers license expired when she turned one-hundred and it was too much of a hassle to renew.”

She loves instruments and played the cello, which she still owns, for many years as a dedicated member of the Sun City Orchestra. Along with teaching piano to many people, Irene has always had a passion for all things harmonious.

Her birthday party, which took place at Sun City Gardens where she now lives, was fittingly music themed. From her music note decorated cake and mini cello favors to the live guitarist who played Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, the atmosphere was nothing short of joyous.

101 birthday party Sun City Gardens
101 birthday party Sun City Gardens
A photo booth style wall was set up, complete with a table full of funny props. Balloons and colorful decorations contributed to the playful scene, not often found in a retirement facility, but definitely happily enjoyed by all.

Surrounded by many friends, family, and adoring nurses this was most certainly a celebration of life. Her cousin John was in attendance and reminisced how it has become a tradition of sorts for the two of them to get together to celebrate their shared August 31st birthday for many years now.

Her son travelled all the way from Washington, and her two grandsons from Ida