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Woman gets proclamation to celebrate 100th birthday

November 04, 2005

Friends and family of Luella Messersmith Washabaugh didn't want her celebrating her 100th birthday without them, so they gathered in late October at an assisted living facility in Jefferson Hills near Pittsburgh.

The oldest in her family, Luella, and her youngest sibling, Virginia Strine of Hagerstown, are the only survivors of the family that hailed from Jennings, Md. Luella spent most of her life in Hagerstown.

A proclamation from the governor of Pennsylvania was presented at the party, announcing that Oct. 20, 2005, was Luella Washabaugh Day.

Niece Linda Strine, president and CEO of Infinite Links in Denver and Washington, D.C., presented the proclamation. Another niece, Christina Thurber, a retired government employee, gave a photo slide show spanning Luella's ancestors, her life and her family.

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Luella has one living daughter, two deceased sons, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, one sister, and nieces and nephews.

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