Primrose Retirement Community hosts birthday party for 100-year-old resident

In 1920, women earned the right to vote, Amelia Earhart flew her first plane, and Elaine Fuss from right here in Grand Island was born. On Friday, she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 10:42 PM CDT
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It’s rare to have lived through three wars, the women’s suffrage, two civil rights movements and now a global pandemic. Elaine Fuss, born June 3, 1920, has lived through it all. On Friday, she celebrated her 100th year on this earth.

“I didn’t expect this, in fact, I didn’t expect to be 100,” said Elaine Fuss, who celebrated her 100th birthday.

Primrose Retirement Community in Grand Island threw a birthday party to honor her long life.

“She is such a special lady and has left such an impact on all of our hearts and so we just wanted to be part of her celebration,” said Tonya Vanpelt, Executive Director at Primrose Retirement Community. “We’re all kind of one family here.”

Fuss’ friends and and even family came from out-of-town to wish her happy birthday. They took pictures and said a few words on how she’s impacted their lives.

“She is always thinking of others before herself, since I’ve known her, “ said Vanpelt. “She has a smile on her face, and I have never seen her say a bad word about anybody.”

It’s a Primrose tradition to release 100 balloons in honor of their residents turning into another century. They counted down and let them go into the sky with each balloon symbolizing a year of Fuss’ life.

“I’m just thankful for all my blessings,” said Fuss.

After the balloon ceremony, they passed out cake for people to take with them.

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