Helen K. Grimmett turned 100 years old on Friday, December 9 and celebrated her landmark day with family and friends visiting her at Tri-County Care Center.
Helen says her long life is a blessing from God and she noted God is leaving her here for a reason.
She said she is thankful that God has spared her life and she could not have made it without her good friends Catherine and Matthew Salmon.
“Thank God for good friends,” she said.
Grimmett was born in Frankford, Mo. and attended the Methodist Church in her early years before moving to Vandalia.
She resided with her late husband Harley Grimmett in the 800 block of Clay St. for more than 55 years before moving into Senior Housing to live there more than 10 years.
She later moved to Countryside Manor before transferring to Tri-County Care Center two years ago.
Currently, her church membership is at the Second Christian Church in Vandalia.
Through the years, Grimmett was active in church, singing in the choir.
This past September, Grimmett attended the church’s 87th Anniversary and was the oldest member to attend the event.
She currently enjoys going to activities at Tri-County Care Center and attends church services each Sunday.
Friends say her memory is very good but she still struggles with her hearing.
Friends noted that it does not keep her from watching her soap operas.