Beech Grove woman honored on 107th birthday

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (March 22, 2016) - A Beech Grove woman is being honored on her 107th birthday.

Hilda Benson was born in 1909. That's the same year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built. Hilda has lived in Indiana for the majority of her life, surviving The Great Depression, World War I and World War II.

Hilda has also spent the last 30 years living at the Altenheim Family-first Senior Living from CarDon. That's where she was celebrated Tuesday with balloons, her favorite flowers, and 107 cupcakes.

“Turning 107 is a huge deal for us, and we want every resident to feel special and celebrated on their birthday," explained Jen Barnhart, the centers marketing manager.

For her birthday, Hilda asked the community for birthday cards to help her celebrate, and Altenheim staff presented her with more than two dozen cards, some from complete strangers.

During the celebration, Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley announced a special proclamation, stating March 22 2016, as "Hilda Benson Day in Beech Grove." Mayor Buckley said Hilda's service to her community when she worked as a secretary and volunteered with her church is what makes her so special.

When asked what her secret to a long life is, Hilda responded, "Keep pretty busy if you can."

Some of Hilda's favorite memories include watching Elvis perform and serving food at the Indiana State Fair.

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