East Texan celebrates a memorable milestone despite the pandemic

Updated: Jul. 21, 2020 at 12:18 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - There’s turning 100 years old, and then there’s turning 100 during a global pandemic.

Mary Maw is a resident of Wesley House in Gilmer. Tuesday was her 100th birthday — a milestone her family wanted to do something big for.

Instead, they had to see her through a window.

While both Maw and her family said it was hard on them to not be together for the big day, Mary says she understands it’s necessary.

“It isn’t very funny but I know this crisis is going on,” said Maw. “Pam the administrator here is keeping us all well, none of us have gotten sick, but we’re pretty much stuck in our room. But, I just got delivered a bunch of flowers and balloons and my room is really decorated.”

Maw’s family suggests others with loved ones celebrating birthdays in nursing homes should make sure to call and visit through a window if possible and have family and friends mail cards.

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