Lillian Dillbeck turns 101 in style

Lillian Dillbeck, California, celebrated her 101st birthday Friday, June 17, by taking a ride in a fast car.

Lillian Dillbeck, California, celebrated her 101st birthday Friday, June 17, by taking a ride in a fast car. Photo by April Arnett.

Lillian Dillbeck, a resident of Moniteau Care Center, California, celebrated her 101st birthday Friday with family and friends. Other than the obvious fact that Lillian certainly doesn't look a day over 70, there was something unique about the day. Lillian was going to take a ride in a fast car.

It all started when Moniteau Care Center Activities Director Cathy Maddex asked Lillian what her birthday wish was. "She told me she wanted a corvette," Maddex said. "Well, obviously I couldn't arrange that, but she said she would settle for a ride."

So Maddex arranged Lillian's birthday ride, thanks to Putnam's, California, in a fast, convertible camaro.

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Lillian Dillbeck celebrated her 101st birthday Friday, June 17, with family at Moniteau Care Center, California. Present and representing five generations in the family are Lillian, seated; and standing, from left, Lillian's great-grandson Jonathan Lehman, Tipton, with his sons, Lillian's great-great grandsons, Thomas, 10 weeks old, and Willis, 3; Lillian's granddaughter (Jonathan's mother) Angie Lehman, California; and Lillian's daughter (Angie's mother) Donna Gail, California.

For more of this story check out the June 22 issue of the California Democrat.

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