Grandmom With 173 Descendants Celebrates Her 100th Birthday: "Blessed To Still Have You"

Grandmom With 173 Descendants Celebrates Her 100th Birthday: "Blessed To Still Have You"

The Centurian has five children, 30 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

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A woman who has lived through six generations of her family recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Every year, Julia Lee Kelley's loving family organizes a get-together around this time of the year. But 2020 was supposed to extra special because it's not every day that your favorite human turns 100. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic came along and forced everyone, especially the elderly who are considered one of the most vulnerable to COVID-19, into their home. Although the contagion made visitations complicated, Kelley's doting family didn't give up on their annual reunion. Instead, they got creative and decided to turn this annual celebration into a drive-thru party in honor of Kelley's 100th birthday.


Kelley has seen her family grow over the years and was left delighted at seeing everyone coming together to celebrate her special day. The Centurian has 173 descendants which include her five children, 30 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild, reports Fox 13. One of her grandchildren took to Facebook to pay a tribute to her strong and sweet grandmother, reports WTSP. Dear Grandma I’m blessed to still have you! Today is your day...live it up! I pray that I live as long as you and still be cute and healthy! I still need to learn how to make those cakes from scratch like you but we still got time😍 Keep blessing us with just living...I love you and Happy Birthday! wrote Oakley uploading an adorable video of her grandmother.


Later the same day, she went live on the social media platform and shared a video of the celebration, which included a motorcade, a cascade of dollar bills pouring down on her, and of course some dancing. This heartfelt celebration reminds me of another thoughtful and kind gesture that happened last year. Of course, it was a very different time back then as there were no rules restricting the contact of physical contact. An elderly woman named Mercy had turned 100 last year around this time. It wasn't her family members who decided to surprise her but a group of bin collectors who just showed up at her doorstep with a cake, making the moment all the more emotional.


The video of this heartwarming encounter went viral on Reddit after being posted by a user called Boldstyle1 on the Reddit subthread HumansBeingBros. The video begins by showing a group of men dressed in hi-visibility jackets walking towards a house. One of them can be seen holding a pretty pink cake while shielding the lit candles with the figure 100 on it. As they arrive at the door, the others are seen holding a signboard decorated with some colorful balloons. Next, we hear a knock on the door and as soon as Mercy opens the door, they start singing Happy Birthday in unison.

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Mercy, understandably, is overwhelmed as she hides her face with her hands, but is floored and thankful for their kind gesture. After they finish singing, the workmen indulge in some light-hearted banter with her, as they share a good rapport and joke with each other. One of them asks her if she's "alright" with this sudden surprise. The person who had been holding the cake urges Mercy to blows out the candles and make a wish. She begins by saying, "Oh, I wish, I," but is immediately cut off by him as he jokingly says, "to live a 105." This makes the boys erupt into laughter as Mercy asks them to "shut up" and brushes him off.

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One Redditor was so moved by this video that they wrote: This is honestly one of the nicest things I’ve ever seen. I used to work in a retirement home and there’s nothing more special than seeing the residents be surprised and happy by nice gestures. We don’t tend to think about it a lot, but old age can be very hard for a lot of people and I’d imagine this really helped brighten up her day. Another cooterbreath shared: We should have a Garbage Person Day. Everyone gets gifts for the underappreciated people that do something so vital.

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