Anne Buydens turned 101 on April 23. Her family celebrated the occasion with her, but they followed social distancing norms.
Anne Buydens lost her husband earlier this year in February. When she turned 101 on April 23, PEOPLE reports, she was surrounded by loved ones who celebrated the special occasion with her, but in keeping with social distancing norms. Her grandson, Cameron Douglas was part of a sweet tribute to Anne and he did so by driving to her home and waiting in a car procession of guests who wished the centenarian a happy birthday.
In a video shared on Instagram stories, he can be heard saying: "Here we are, coming to Anne’s 101st birthday. First birthday without Pappy. Now we’re going to stay with it as we go through this amazing procession." He continues, "Now, we’ve been in line for about 20 or 30 minutes. I’d wait 20 or 30 hours to say happy birthday to Anne and here we go." When he drives into his grandma's driveway, he is greeted by more people in masks dotting the sidewalk. "Hello, hello, hello! We got some flowers for Anne," he says as someone steps forward to take the flowers and delivers them to Anne, who was seated in a wheelchair under a tree next to her dog.
Apart from the live updates, Cameron also shared a photo of Anne and his late grandfather, Kirk, on Instagram writing, Happy Birthday Oma 🥂 Here’s to 101 years of Love, Light and Guidance! We Love you! Cameron's half-sister, Carys Douglas, 17, also shared a tribute to Anne through her Instagram stories and wrote, Happy 101st birthday to my wonderful Oma!! Your beauty, intellect and grace is my inspiration. Carys' mom Catherine Zeta-Jones also shared a sweet message for her step-mother-in-law, along with an adorable picture of the two of them.
Happy Birthday to my extraordinary step mother in Law. Our Queen, our Oma. You personify everything that is good in a woman. I admire you and love you so very much. 101 years young today. 🥰🥰Anne Douglas thank you for everything that you have done for people in our world. ❤️ Anne was married to Kirk for over 65 years, and this was her first birthday without him. As we reported earlier, Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens' love has stood the test of time. The duo embarked upon a sweet journey of togetherness after tying the knot on May 29, 1954. Similar to other couples, they too were faced with many difficult challenges, however, they managed to survive the odds due to the existence of honesty in their relationship.
Back in 1958, he wrote to his better half, "If I live to be 100, there will still be so many things unsaid." He followed up this note on December 9, 2016, when he turned 100. Kirk wrote: "I have now reached that milestone, I can attest that it is still true." Sharing her experience, Anne who turned 100 this April said, "After 60 years of marriage, you go through a lot of obstacles — and all of them are beautiful." To this Kirk, 102, quickly added, "I just told my wife, ‘If you ever leave me, I’m going with you!" It would have definitely been hard for Anne, but the presence of her family hopefully made it bearable.