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Lawrence resident celebrates 106th birthday, says ‘It feels good’

August 4, 2013

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Dozens of friends and family members streamed into the main dining room at Pioneer Ridge Health Care on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Edna Zillner’s birthday. They snacked on cookies and tea and took turns visiting with Zillner, who turned 106 on Saturday.

Edna Zillner, Lawrence, is surrounded by some of her many grandchildren as they came together to celebrate her 106th birthday Sunday at Pioneer Ridge Health Center.

Edna Zillner, Lawrence, is surrounded by some of her many grandchildren as they came together to celebrate her 106th birthday Sunday at Pioneer Ridge Health Center.

Zillner sat at the front of the room, greeting her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, smiling for photos and soaking up the extra attention.

“It feels good. I feel good,” she said. “I just feel young again.”

Photo collages stretched across one side of the room, showing Zillner as a child in Eudora in the 1910s, a bride in 1927, a mother of three, and a grandmother later on. Also included were photos and invitations from her 100th birthday party, which was celebrated at the Union Pacific Depot in 2007.

“We’ve had bigger parties like this ever since she turned 100,” said Joyce Halderman, Zillner’s daughter. “She enjoys seeing all these people.”

Zillner was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 3, 1907. She moved with her family to Eudora at age 6, and graduated from Eudora High School in 1925. Through the years, she worked as a teacher, department store clerk and lunch lady.

According to a 2010 U.S. Census report, Zillner is one of only about 53,000 people over age 100 in the nation, equaling 1.73 centenarians per 10,000 people.

A popular question for Zillner on Sunday was, "How does it feel to be 106?"

“Everything is good about it,” she replied.

Comments

Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 4 months ago

AWESOME!!! May you have many more yet to come!

Jean Robart 1 year, 4 months ago

My former neighbor was 106 in May. Happy Birthday to Miss Edna!

Kylee Manahan 1 year, 4 months ago

Was Edna ever a music teacher at West Jr. High?

Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 4 months ago

All the best to you! May you live another 20 years, at least.

My grandmother lived to be 108, and she enjoyed every minute ot it. She was Grace White of Ottawa, Kansas.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 4 months ago

Perhaps the only Lawrencian to have experienced a Cubs world series win

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