Arizona has been celebrating its centennial all year, but local woman Ruth Sorensen celebrated hers a couple of weeks ago. Nov. 17 was her 100th birthday.
"It was so great to have so many of my family (members) together at my house. My son, Don Sorensen, and grandson, Allen Sorensen, arranged everything - a wonderful dinner and all, brought in by a caterer," she said.
They came from far away: Mike and Paula Sorensen, nephew from Utah; Janet Dickson and Barry Hughes, niece from Denver; Mira and Erick Luna, great-niece, and Kai and Marina from Denver; Lute Morton, great-nephew from Denver; Mark Sorensen, nephew from Ojai, Calif.; Cayla Sorensen, great-niece from Newberry Park, Calif.; Jennifer Sorensen, great-granddaughter from Colorado Springs; Sheri Humphry, granddaughter from Simi Valley, Calif.; Allen Sorensen, grandson, Jason Sr., great-grandson, Jason Jr., great-great-grandson, Don Sorensen, son, and Dee Bruneau, neighbor, all from Kingman.
"It was a beautiful, wonderful day, held at my house in Walleck Ranch," she said. "I moved here in 2007 and am so happy I moved from California where I was born. I received so many beautiful bouquets and plants and also phone calls and cards."
A few weeks before her birthday, she celebrated with her dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Art Gedeon from Ohio. They stayed for a week and they ate out at a different place every night. They brought her a lovely plant and a balloon with "100th Birthday" written on it.
"I love their visits," she said. "This is a birthday I will never forget."
Asked why she's been able to live so long, she replied, "I just never think about age."