Wilma Woody celebrates her 104th birthday at San Jacinto Manor with entertainment from Ray Rodriguez and a cake provided by Amed Home Health. Photo by Ashley Smith.Wilma Woody has survived two world wars, 19 presidents, seen the rise of the motorized vehicle and watched women earn the right to vote, and through her 104 years, she still keeps a smile on her face.
"I feel pretty amazing," Woody said.
The staff at San Jacinto Manor, where Woody resides, threw a party in celebration of her milestone birthday. Residents gathered in the dining hall, with Woody taking center stage wearing a crown and her wheelchair decorated with balloons.
Also part of the festivities was entertainer Ray Rodriguez who serenaded Woody with several classic rock and country songs. During the performance, the residents were treated to a cake donated by Amed Home Health.
Celebrating with her was also her daughter Louise Friday. Friday recalls growing up admiring her mother's intelligence and how active she stayed between working and volunteering
Woody, along with her daughter and other members from the Deer Park Church of Christ, made pillows and blankets for nursing homes in the area, which Activity Director Rusty Thomas said still decorate the rooms of several residents.
"She was very active for a long time," Friday said. "She helped with the pillows and quilts for years and years."