Many friends gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 100th
birthday of Betty Fischer.
"I've been surfeited with many friends that have come to
wish me well," said Fischer.
Born on February 3, 1913 to what she said was a family of
clergymen who came to Philadelphia from the coal regions of Pennsylvania, Betty
looked back on her life and shared the story of how she met her husband of 69
years when she was just a child.
"I was seven and there was another fellow playing in the
street and he came and said at the age of nine, he said I'm going to marry that
girl some day."
Betty's daughter Barbara, granddaughter Jill and great
granddaughter Hannah helped celebrate and tell about items Betty has passed
down to them through the years.
"Antiques, I have all her recipes and cookbooks. We just
try to keep these memories going, those things that are special to her,"
said Betty's granddaughter Jill.
Betty's daughter Barbara credits her mother's healthy
lifestyle for helping her achieve her goal of turning 100.
"She exercises everyday or every other day. She eats
very healthfully, she plays bingo and cards, she keeps herself very busy,"
said Betty's daughter Barbara.
Betty thanked her longtime friend Carole for helping to
organize the special day, who was happy just to see Betty happy.
"A lot of friends, just a great example, a great
inspiration, just a wonderful person," said Betty's friend Carole Hummel.
"I'm so thankful for my friend Carole who has made this
day a perfect day for me and to have so many friends come celebrate," said
And rather then pick out individual memories over the last
century, Betty chose look at the whole picture.
"I really can't remember any particular episode that I
can relish and think back on," said Betty.
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