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Happy birthday times 100, Frances

by:  CLIFF NEWELL, 
Frances Flournoy, right, was greeted by Jenny Diaz and many other friends at her 100th birthday party at the Lake Oswego Adult Com-munity Center Monday.

At age 100, Frances Flournoy is a birthday girl.

She was honored for reaching this remarkable milestone on Monday by her friends at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Flournoy received a birthday cake and, best of all, greetings from many people who knew her during her 12 years as an active member of the ACC.

'Frances is really well liked here,' said ACC program director Berta Derman, who welcomed Flournoy when she arrived at the center. 'She used to play bridge here every Tuesday and Thursday.'

Flournoy started life on an adventurous note in 1908. Her family was traveling south on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit relatives in Alabama when Flournoy's mother went into labor. They were able to find a midwife to assist in the birth, and the family continued traveling to Alabama.

After growing up in New Jersey, Flournoy spent her entire professional career as a nurse, most notably at Temple Hospital in Los Angeles.

In fact, her career was incredibly long. Flournoy still worked in private practice with elderly people until she finally retired at age 85. Soon afterward she moved to Lake Oswego, along with her daughters.

Flournoy was able to live independently until she was 99 years old. She now lives in an adult foster home in Beaverton. She survived all five of her children, but her granddaughter Tracy Kilroy lives in Lake Oswego.

Her birthday party at the ACC was a happy homecoming for her.

'I feel fine,' Flournoy said. 'I love everybody and everybody loves me. I feel loved!'