Armonk, May 5–Marian Henry, on the occasion of her 107th birthday, was enveloped in love and good wishes from family, friends, staff and residents of the Bristal Center for Assisted Living. Everyone gathered inside the beautiful main lounge to sing Happy Birthday to her and later enjoyed a delicious spread of fruit, sweet treats, and slices from the giant birthday cake.
The petite centenarian offered a shy smile or a wave for the many cameras snapping away while also holding a bouquet of lavender flowers and before receiving laudatory comments from Bristal staff. “We were very excited to celebrate such a fantastic milestone yesterday at our Armonk community,” said George Solano, Executive Director at The Bristal at Armonk. “Marian is very outgoing and one of our most active residents. We congratulate her on her 107th birthday!”
Area public officials declared May 5, 2016, Marian Henry Day. A representative from the County Executive’s office called Marian “a role model that everyone adores…you have a great family and everyone is blessed to have you here.” Additional honors were bestowed upon this centenarian, a former Wall Street broker who began her career there at age 49 and who kept working until she was 99! “The secret to a long life is hard work,” Marian shared. Marian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Great Recession, 19 U.S. presidents, Lindberg crossing the Atlantic, and men landing on the moon.
Barbara DiGiacinto, councilwoman of North Castle, extended good wishes on behalf of the town board and told Marian: “You are an inspiration to all of us. North Castle is so proud to have you as one of our very special residents. I’d like to wish you a happy Mother’s Day.” And turning to all the moms and grandmothers and great grandmothers gathered, DiGiacinto added: “I’d like to wish you ALL a happy mother’s day.” — Grace Bennett