ALMA, Kan. (WIBW) – This is a century-plus celebration for a very special lady in Alma. So special, the city named January 13 in his honor.
Sheryl Thowe said the idea started as a simple request for birthday cards, but grew into a citywide celebration.
Evelyn Zeckser was born on January 13, 1920 in Alma, making her 102nd birthday on Thursday.
“She might look like she’s around 80, I mean you’d never guess she’s 102 from her looks, actions, words etc.,” said local Alma Bakery owner Jeanette Rohleder.
The community came together to mark the occasion with an anniversary parade.
Evelyn’s first stop was the church in which she was baptized as a child and where she later married. She got a special surprise from the students of St. John’s Lutheran School who sang her happy birthday and decorated the van she was riding in.
The van was then escorted by the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office to downtown Alma. They walked down Main Street where several local businesses are taking part in Evelyn Zeckser Day.
Mexican restaurant El Corral was selling tacos for $1.02 and Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe had cinnamon rolls for $1.02.
“It’s all about Evelyn today,” Rohleder continued, “She’s a special woman and we sold a lot of cinnamon rolls.”
Evelyn’s friends said it was the perfect example of her impact.
“She always has a smile on her face, she never says a mean word about anyone, she’s just a very kind, loving, beautiful person inside and out,” Thowe said. .
When asked, Evelyn said it was hard to put into words what it meant to her.
“I don’t know how to explain it, it’s just exciting,” Zeckser added, “I can’t believe they would do this for me.”
Evelyn loves to garden and always takes care of hers. She also loves receiving cards and so far she has received 83 this year for her birthday.
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