Over the week, members at Mountain Park Senior Living celebrated resident Faye Bali’s 100th birthday.
Bali and her late husband, Joe, moved to the Ahwatukee area after retiring in 1979, and began their retirement by traveling the world.
Bali said she and her husband had visited countless countries during their travels.
They both moved into Mountain Park Senior Living when it opened two years ago.
The birthday celebration took place inside Mountain Park Senior Living’s dining room, where nearly 60 residents celebrated Bali’s birthday consisting of residents at Mountain Park Senior Living and family members who flew into town.
Linda Greenwood, Bali’s half sister, flew in from Oregon to celebrate her sister’s birthday and said it’s always a pleasure to spend time with her.
“I have always been closer to her than I have with any of the other family,” she said. “She’s just so special to me.”
Bali’s niece and nephew, Donna and Chuck Bali, flew in from Gary, Ind., and said they wouldn’t miss a chance to celebrate with their beloved aunt.
“My wife comes and sees her every six months to make sure she’s doing well,” Chuck said. “I’ve never been with a person that’s 100 years old, and it’s lucky enough to be my aunt.”
Residents who attended the celebration enjoyed cake and Dr Pepper, Bali and her late husband’s drink of choice during happy hour and dinner.
Residents also wrote Bali birthday cards, and she received a special birthday card from First Lady Michelle Obama.
Bali received other gifts during the celebration from a red-camellia plant that will be planted in front of the building to a papier-mâché figure commemorating her.
Members of Mountain Park Senior Living also worked in conjunction with Sen. John McCain’s staff to have a flag flown over the United States Capitol.
The flag was flown over the Capitol building on Friday, Jan. 31, and Bali was given the flag and a plaque honoring her for turning 100 years old.
Michelle Major, director of fun, said this was Mountain Park Senior Living’s first centenarian, so they wanted to make sure they did something special.
“She’s lived in the community since 1979, so there are so many people that have come to celebrate her birthday,” Major said. “Faye is such a nice and gentle person. She’s always in a good mood and always has a nice word to say to people. She still participates in different activities… she’s very social.”
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