By CLARA MCLAUGHLIN
The Florida/Georgia Star
Ella Thompson, called Aunt Ella by most who knows her because she is such a personal person, celebrated
103 years of life during her weekend birthday held in Miami. The celebration started on Friday, the 20th,
given by Publix in Miami where all of their shoppers were invited to join in and share the Publix baked cake
and other refreshments.
Aunt Ella’s big day was Saturday. She prepared for that day by designing and making her beautiful blue teal
hat and dress herself. This writer happened to watch her hand stitch the dress, without glasses, before using her sewing machine to complete it. She used materials from the dress to make her hat. When asked what persuaded her to make her own 103rd birthday dress, she stated that she is a hat, shoe and “closetholic.” She loves beautiful dresses, shoes and hats, and has always kept her closet filled with such items. She has in the past, redesigned hats after 25 years of ownership.
On Saturday, she had an unprecedented event with family and friends. She alone planned the event but rather than cooking this time, she had it catered with lots of food and drinks at the Richmond Heights Woman’s Club.
Her cake was also catered but she did not blow out the candles or cut it. She did enjoy her family and friends
singing “happy birthday” to her.
Aunt Ella’s birthday did not end on Saturday, as she was able to celebrate the three years of her life after 100, at church Sunday morning with more cake and refreshments at the Miami Home Depot, as their oldest customer. Aunt Ella truly enjoys life and her birthday weekend celebration showed that others appreciate and
enjoy her many years. Aunt Ella was born on June 21, 1912.