Oregon City resident gets 100th birthday party, COVID-19 style
Oregon City resident Barbara Hannant had her 100th birthday party canceled due to COVID-19, but celebration was still in the air April 24 as local police and fire vehicles drove through the care facility, along with more than 100 citizens who wished Hannant a happy birthday from a 6-foot distance.
"This birthday has been amazing and beyond anything I could have imagined," Hannant said.
Hannant said she's doing her best to keep her spirits up amid increased restrictions ordered by Gov. Kate Brown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions have been particularly stringent for people living in care facilities like Meadows Courtyard where Hannant and other residents have been largely confined to their rooms.
Hannant said she has survived dark times before the coronavirus. Her first husband died of heart failure in 1963, leaving her to care for their 12-year-old child.
Born on April 24, 1920, Hannant has an early memory involving climbing up onto her father's shoulders to watch President Coolidge give a 1927 speech in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Hannant moved to Oregon City in 1957 and immediately became active in the community. She remains hopeful that her birthday party, with cake, will be rescheduled this summer. In the meantime, she welcomes the community to send her letters at 13637 Garden Meadow Drive #204, Oregon City, OR 97045.
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