Local resident turns 109 years old

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Imagine living through the sinking of the Titanic, World War I and II, the Great Depression and the invention of the Model T, bubble gum and the atomic bomb. Most folks can't remember life without the computer, but that's not a problem for Lorene Evans.

The Life Care Center of Lawrenceville resident, who has seen the world change in many ways during the past century, turns 109 on Sunday.

On Friday morning, the staff at Life Care invited many of the other residents to come to a birthday party for Evans.. The room was filled with balloons, table decorations and a large cake from Publix for Evans, who had her hair done at the center's salon for the big day.

Margie Swint played the guitar and sang "Happy Birthday" to Evans, plus "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and more for the crowd of 40 guests.

When it was time for cake, Evans seemed surprised.

"Who is this cake for?" she asked. When she found out it was for her, she could only answer, "Bless you."

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson bought Evans a gift and sent it to the center. The mayor couldn't be at Friday's party to personally hand over the present, but she sent her best wishes with the gift, a "Caring Angel" pendant for her blouse.

She loved it so much, she wanted someone to open it for her immediately.

"Any resident that is over 100, we have a big party, especially when they turn 100, but having a resident who is 109 in the facilities is amazing," Life Care Center executive director Hollie North said. "We like to celebrate the life she's lived at these types of occasions."

Activity director Sherry Forester added, "Lorene enjoys her music, she's often in the hallways just singing and enjoying herself. We just love doing the best we can to enhance the quality of life for those who live here."

Evans is having another party today hosted by members of the 12Stone Church.