Published in Sentinel and Enterprise News by Peter Jasinski
Leominster – Wiles celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends Tuesday at Manor on the Hill, where she currently resides. She is now the second resident currently living in that community to reach centenarian status and, as her family explained, she remains one of the most lively people living there.
As she got ready to officially complete the first century of her life, Eunice Wiles joked that she was a little surprised to be having such a milestone birthday.
“It’s just another birthday for me, but they just keep piling up,” she said.
Wiles’ son, Rick, said his mother was born in Brooklyn and lived most of her life in New York state. She and her late husband raised their two children in Kingston, New York, and relocated briefly to Florida before she moved to Massachusetts to be closer to her son after her husband’s death.
She worked most of her career as an administrative secretary in different New York public school systems, as well as secretary to the chairman of the New York State Republican Party.
“She’s always been a hard worker and she’s very devoted to whatever task is at hand. And she’s a very smart person,” Rick Wiles said. “She’s also a very dedicated friend. People she knows have always said that if she’s your friend, she’s your friend for life.”
Manor on the Hill Activities Director Patrick Long said Wiles had made great strides since moving to the community in 2015, noting that she had originally been a part of their Memory Care program for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, but no longer is.
“In the years that I have worked here, I have never heard of a person who has gotten to a point where they could transition out of Memory Care,” he said. “In my opinion, that’s a very big deal.” …
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