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Daphne’s wives share 100th anniversary celebration


DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – It was party time for two special ladies in Daphne on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. They celebrated their 100th birthday together. Friends and family joined in the celebration at Daphne Gardens Assisted Living where staff led the festivities as everyone joined in the ‘Happy Birthday’ chant.

Ruth Smith and Virginia Gray have heard this song a lot over the years…more than most. Both are reaching the milestone of the century this month and their caretakers at Daphne Gardens wanted to make sure it was special.

Ruth Smith blows out the candles on her cake across the table at Virginia Gray who also turns 100 in August(Hal Scheurich)

“We knew we were going to do something. It took about two and a half weeks for all of this to be planned and carried out, ”said Christina Brammann, administrator of Daphne Gardens. “Miss Virginia was a hundred on the tenth and Miss Ruth will be a hundred on the twenty.”

The party was indoors, but the folks at Daphne Gardens made sure everyone knew about the special day, decorating the entire lawn along County Road 64. Back inside, Ruth and Virginia were enjoying all the attention but didn’t know what to do with it.

“Look around. It’s amazing,” Virginia said.

“I didn’t know I had so many friends,” laughs Ruth.

The two ladies have been living at Daphne Gardens for about a year. Ruth is a huge Atlanta Braves fan and has a big screen TV to catch all the action. Her favorite snacks include Baby Ruth candy bars and peppermints.

Virginia considers herself a great foodie who loves just about everything. Cornbread and fried chicken are his favorites. She loves her sweet tea and plays bingo every week. They offered advice on how to live a fulfilling life that was hard to argue with.

“Live the best you can each day,” Ruth suggested.

“Live well. Don’t drink too much,” Virginia added.

The celebration attracted a lot of attention. People at Daphne Gardens said some drivers stopped and took pictures of the decorations out front. Others even called the establishment, wishing the ladies a happy birthday. All of us here at Fox 10 News would also like to say “Happy Birthday” to Virginia and Ruth.

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