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Santa Maria honors Greatest, Silent generations in 15th annual Celebration of Life

Santa Maria celebrates residents who are 90+
Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 15:15:30-04

The Greatest and Silent generations were celebrated once again by City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department on Wednesday.

Some of the city's most treasured residents enjoyed a "Celebration of Life" luncheon. It was open to any members of the community at least 90-years-young.

The celebration has now become a tradition after starting in 2004 during the city's Centennial Celebration. This year, Patsy Cline impersonator Karen Sweeney performed.

We spoke to one woman who has lived in Santa Maria for nearly all of her 104 years on Earth.

"I was practically born in Santa Maria, been here since 1933," Luella Shell said. When asked if the city's changed, she said "a lot has changed but I think it's for the better."

Meanwhile, Helen Salla said it was nice to see the older generation together in one place. "Being gathered around here just seeing all these people most are over 90 years old," she said.

This year, the city honored 130 people.

The event continues thanks to the donations of Santa Maria Terrace, Dignity Health, Alzheimer's Association, Fountain Square of Lompoc, and the People for Leisure and Youth Inc.