Even under the COVID-19 restrictions, it wasn’t going to stop Dorothy Howell from celebrating one of the biggest milestones in her life.
“I made it,” Howell said. “I can say I’m 100 now.”
Last Sunday was Howell’s 100th birthday and she celebrated with multiple telephone calls, a few family members and her favorite - birthday cake.
Howell told the Grenada Star in April that she would take things very carefully as her plans were to celebrate her 100th birthday.
“I thank God that I’m here to see it,” Howell said. “We had a great time and I have so many people to thank.”
During the pandemic, Howell has lived with her daughter in Water Valley where she gets out each day to walk around the yard and enjoy the sunshine when it is not raining.
“We have a nice porch and I enjoy going outside for a few minutes each day,” Howell said.
Howell was born Aug. 20, 1920 in Rhode Island. She met her husband Bill after World War II and they were married in 1946.
She was a career nurse and moved to Mississippi after they were married.
Today she takes pride in her family which consists of three children, and a handful of grand and great-grand children.
Her son is District Two Constable and sheriff’s deputy Steve Howell, and her daughters are Suzanne Robinson, a retired elementary teacher in the Grenada School District; and Debbie Patterson a Grenada pharmacist.
Howell said she thanks everyone who wished her a Happy 100th Birthday.
“I have so many thank you letters to write,” Howell said.