Elderton celebrates 100th birthday


By Wendy Byerly Wood - [email protected]



Lavania Gilliam gives Eva Elderton a birthday kiss at her 100th birthday party Friday at PruittHealth in Elkin. Gilliam’s mother, Sadie Carrica, is Elderton’s roommate.


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Eva Elderton, a long-time Jonesville resident, blows out the candles on her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth in Elkin.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Eva Elderton celebrates her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth with friends.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

A long-time Jonesville resident celebrated a century of life with fellow residents and friends at PruittHealth Friday afternoon.

Eva Elderton, who lived independently until she was 98, was the honoree at a birthday gathering in one of the dining rooms of PruittHealth as she blew out candles for her 100th birthday.

For the past 25 to 30 years, Elderton lived in Jonesville and prior to that, she lived in several other states, according to friends at her party.

Now she shares a room with Sadie Carrica at PruittHealth where she moved to in July 2015. Carrica’s daughter, Lavania Gilliam, asked Elderton if she felt 100, and Elderton said she didn’t.

As far as her secret to living a long life, Elderton didn’t have one, but her friends said she at a lot of honey and she doesn’t eat meat. Her favorite food at the party seemed to be the fresh strawberries.

“She is extremely alert for her age,” said Sandra Henstock, activity director at PruittHealth. “She’s not up a lot, but that’s her choice. But when she is, she people watches. She loves to sing and read magazines.

“She looks after her roommate and her roommate looks after her,” Henstock said.

“She’s very alert and observant,” agreed Emily Lyon, activities assistant director. “Everybody knows her back on this hall. She doesn’t have a lot to say, but what she does say makes a punch. You remember it.

“She is a quite delightful little lady,” she said.

Her friends said she is a very energetic and youthful hundred-year-old.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

Lavania Gilliam gives Eva Elderton a birthday kiss at her 100th birthday party Friday at PruittHealth in Elkin. Gilliam’s mother, Sadie Carrica, is Elderton’s roommate.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC_1123.jpgLavania Gilliam gives Eva Elderton a birthday kiss at her 100th birthday party Friday at PruittHealth in Elkin. Gilliam’s mother, Sadie Carrica, is Elderton’s roommate. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Eva Elderton, a long-time Jonesville resident, blows out the candles on her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth in Elkin.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC_1134.jpgEva Elderton, a long-time Jonesville resident, blows out the candles on her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth in Elkin. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Eva Elderton celebrates her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth with friends.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC_1125.jpgEva Elderton celebrates her 100th birthday Friday afternoon at PruittHealth with friends. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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