One woman will celebrate turning a century old on Feb. 1.

Sara Wilkerson, activities director at Elk Crossing Nursing and Rehab, said one of her residents, Ada Lee, is getting ready to hit the triple digits.

Lee has called Elk Crossing home since October 2015.

Wilkerson said Lee was excited for the big day and her party.

“She is very talkative and while her short term memory is not that great,” Wilkerson said, “she remembers her past and her family life ... she can tell you and talk to you for hours. She’s very witty. She’s funny.”

Wilkerson said the staff really enjoys having Lee at Elk Crossing.

“She walks on her own – she impresses us,” Wilkerson said. “She still exercises. She’ll use our therapy room and she’ll ride the bike.”

Shirley Hilliard, Lee’s daughter who lives in Duncan, said she had her mother move from Custer City to be closer after Lee fell and broke her hip and shoulder.

“It came time for her to join me in Duncan,” she said.

Lee had surgery in Oklahoma City, and then did rehabilitation at Duncan Regional Hospital and Stepping Stones in Marlow

“She’s back as good as she was,” Hilliard said. “She is amazing.”

The milestone birthday came as a shock.

“I never would have thought I would have my mother around this long,” she said. “We do not have longevity in the family, never thought of it. It’s been a blessing that we get to have her this long.”

Hilliard moved to Duncan with her husband in 1983. He was the associate Minster and she was the children’s director at First Baptist Church.

Hilliard said she hopes they can receive 100 birthday cards to mark the day for her mother.

There will be a small party at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Elk Crossing located at 811 W. Elk Ave. The family asks for no gifts except a card.

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