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Woman celebrates 100th birthday

(ran PW, PS editions)

Elizabeth Essick McKenzie of Regency Residence in Port Richey, formerly of Prospect Park, Pa., was honored in celebration of her 100th birthday at a dinner party Saturday at CARES Center in Beacon Woods with 36 guests attending.

Her children, all of Bacon Woods _ a son Robert and his wife Jean, a son Arthur and his wife Cathy, and a daughter-in-law Leah McKenzie, widow of her son Donald _ hosted the affair. Eight grandchilden attended. She has 10 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was born on Feb. 1, 1904, in West Philadelphia, Pa. She and Archie McKenzie were married Oct. 4, 1924. During the Depression, her husband joined the Prospect Park police force and later became chief. He died suddenly at 36 and Elizabeth raised her three sons alone and also cared for her mother and her father until his death at 89. Her mother lived to be 100. She worked for Westinghouse during World War II and later for a bank where she retired. She continued living in Prospect Park until she moved to Regency Residence in 1990 and is still a resident there. In 1991 she joined St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Hudson and attends services every week. She attended a celebration at the church Sunday with family members. She enjoys reading, Bible study, bingo, doing crossword puzzles and watching baseball on television, especially the Devil Rays.

Club aims to add fun, ease stress with laughter

The Laughter Club is gathering from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today for a meeting at Classroom 3, Education Services Building of Queen of Peace Church, 5340 High St., New Port Richey.

Rosanna M. Smithwich, director for the Center for Lifelong Learning, says laughter is the medicine for the weary soul. "Learn to put more fun in your life, reduce stress and be healthier," she said. "Learn to tickle your funny bone, make new friends and become re-energized through laughter."