When you think of Halloween, the first thing that comes to mind is candy, costumes, and maybe a little bit of scary. For Flossie Thomason, the holiday means all of that, along with cake, parties and a good time.
Thomason had the honor of celebrating her 102nd birthday with all her friends, family, and staff this Halloween day at Life Care Center of the Willows in Valparaiso. On her special day, she enjoyed some spooky music, some laughs with her friends, and of course the most important part of any birthday, some delicious cake.
“Having my birthday on Halloween has been fun at times, and sometimes even has been a little scary,” Thomason said. “I have had a lot of fun living here. Everything they put together today has been so wonderful.”
No matter who you talk to, they can only say positive things about the birthday girl. Residents and staff alike at The Willows adore her and know she can light up any room with her great mood.
“To be a part of something like this feels so great. I feel so honored to be able to spend this day with Flossie,” said Jessica Eldred, activities director. “She is an incredible person. She always greets everyone she sees with a smile. Everybody here knows her, and always looks forward to her saying good morning.”
Loretta Williams, a resident at The Willows, is one of Thomason’s very good friends.
“She is a wonderful gift and everyone hopes that they can be like her,” Williams said. “Flossie is so active. That's something you have to work at and she is a hard worker.”
The question on everybody's mind was, “what is her secret?” Is it some special Halloween magic? According to Thomason, she says there is no secret and Halloween is just a coincidence. Though she does have one idea.
“I think I am still here so I can do one thing I love— beat everyone at Scrabble,” she said.
Some other members of her family think that there is one other factor that has helped Thomason all of these years.
“She told her preacher once that her secret was cooking everything in bacon grease,” said Greg Palmer, Thomason’s grandson. “She has taught me so much over the years. She is an amazing lady, there is no doubt about it.”