A picnic for a very special centenarian

Guest of honour: Barb Lee -- parish family celebrates her 100th birthday at annual picnic

It was a perfect summer day to celebrate a milestone birthday. Parishioner Barb Lee is turning 100 years old. Barb faithfully attends every Sunday at St Luke's. She arrives promptly each Sunday chauffeured from her retirement home by shuttle. Barb is in amazing shape both physically and mentally. Her smile and her eyes reveal the warmth, sparkle and vitality of her kind spirit.

At the Service, her parish family joined with Barb's family to sing her a a very special Happy Birthday!

Although Barb was saying again this year, that she didn't want "any fuss" over her birthday, Father Glenn Empey, parish priest, snuck in a very special announcement of congratulations and invited the congregation to join in singing Happy Birthday for Barb. She beamed with glee.

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Following the main Service, Barb was the guest of honour at the Annual Parish Picnic. Young and old gathered for BBQ favourites of hamburgs, cheeseburgers and hot dogs, accompanied by home-made potato salads and other summer picnic fare.

Four generations of Barb's family were at church and joined in the celebration at the picnic.

The Reverend Steve Smith, former priest of St Luke's, dropped by at the picnic with his wife, Barb, to extend their well-wishes to Barb.

Thanks to all those who helped in preparing for the picnic. Special mention to Ross McKenzie and Bob Strickland as our BBQ chefs.

Most of all a very, very special Happy Birthday to Barb. May God bless her as she ventures into her second century.

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