Goldie Himelstein hit the century mark as she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Flowers Manor Retirement Community Sunday morning.
Himelstein, born Sept. 13, 1920 in Clarksdale, had her party outside the front entrance of Flowers Manor due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family and friends had the opportunity to give their birthday wishes and gifts. Cupcakes were served.
“It’s wonderful, very exciting,” said Himelstein of her 100th birthday party.
The party lasted for approximately 30 minutes.
Himelstein has lived at Flowers Manor for 10 years, is a Clarksdale High School graduate and attended Ole Miss and LSU. She worked in her husband, Ben’s, businesses. Ben owned a dry goods store, bought pecans, had a scrap yard and leased out his land to farm.
Goldie was the first librarian in the town of Moorhead.
Himelstein has two children, Arnold, who lives in Clarksdale, and Jerry, who lives in Vermont. She has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
“She’s a life master bridge player,” said Arnold Himelstein of his mother. “She always stressed healthy living and healthy diets. She enjoyed socializing. She played competitive bridge, but she also liked to play social bridge.”
Arnold also said his mother likes to play Rumque. He was pleased with the way Flowers Manor executive director Monica Jennings put together the birthday celebration and kept everyone healthy.
“This meets Monica’s standards,” Arnold said. “They’ve been quarantined.”
Arnold has remained quarantined himself for the most part since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but he is able to visit his mother.
“Everybody has an outside door,” Arnold said. “We use the outside door. We aren’t allowed in the hallways and the bedroom.”
Arnold said he was overjoyed to help his mother celebrate this historic milestone in her life.