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July 26, 2011 > Special Life Events: 90th birthday celebration

Special Life Events: 90th birthday celebration

By Cheryl Ann Smith

Congratulations to Vivian Page who celebrated her ninetieth birthday on Sunday, June 26 with several family members and friends, including four nieces and a great niece, at the Fremont South Lake Mobil Home club house. Among the guests were many former New United Motor (NUMMI) workers including her niece, Melanie Smith. Like these hard workers of the industrial industry, Vivian too took rank with women of her era in the factories during World War II. Vivian was one of many women workers in the munitions factories who assembled bullets and other ammunitions, filling the bullet cylinders by hand with gun powder.

The afternoon was spent enjoying the merriment of the festivities including a live Disc Jockey, dancing, plenty of wonderful dishes, a lot of reminiscing, and of course, birthday cake.

Vivian can always be found with a big smile on her face, a kind word on her tongue, song in her heart, and a long story to be told. She enjoys history, photography, a game of Chinese Checkers or Dominos, but be careful - she is sharp as a tack, bright as a light bulb and can whoop ya! Her dream is to one day visit the country of Peru.

Vivian was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, and is the oldest of six siblings. She has lived most of her adult life in Folsom and Orangevale, California, and spent her days caring for her husband, children, and parents, but now resides in Fremont with her sister-in-law. It is now her turn to be cared for. She is watched over by a battalion of caregivers, nurses, social workers, and many friends and family members who come to lend a helping hand, and is doing well.

My fondest memories of my childhood are spending the weekends and sometimes a week at a time on my grandparent's farm in Orangevale, California. Aunt Vivian came to the farm daily to lend a helping hand. On the farm, there is always work to be done for the winter months, and my grandparents lived as though they had to spend a harsh winter as they had done for years in Iowa. There was always gardening to do, canning the harvest, collecting eggs from the hen house, plenty of sewing and mending, and of course playing with the dogs and holding the bunnies.

Once, me and my two sisters, Jan Cedeno and Melanie Smith, spent Easter at Grandpa and Grandma's farm and got to color Easter Eggs. Because Grandpa only raised Rhode Island Red chickens which lay brown eggs, Aunt Vivian went to the store and purchased three dozen eggs for my sisters and me to color and use in an afternoon Easter Egg hunt. That has always been very special to me, as I know it was a lot of money to spend when they already had eggs. Vivian's and my grandparent's experience of living thought the Great Depression and surviving has been a cornerstone to my surviving the current day's great economic turmoil.

I do not get to see Aunt Vivian every day, but I do know it is now her turn to be cared for and provided love in return for the many years she has spent caring for others.

Best Wishes to Vivian Page and many more birthday celebrations to come!

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