A Birthday for Kate

Kate Reilly

What do you do when you reach 100? Throw yourself a party, of course, at least if you're Kate Reilly. The youngest of the four centenarians among Noble's current resident population, Mrs. Reilly felt her big day last May merited a celebration and so invited her children and a host of friends to share the occasion with her. "I had a ball," she said. The 50+ guests who gathered in the Clubhouse, had a good time, too.

A serious a traveler, Mrs. Reilly has been to Asia, Australia, South America, the South Pacific, and virtually all of Europe, with a special fondness for Italy, which she has visited 20 times. She’s taken many trips with her children’s families and in the company of her five granddaughters. "When the youngest one graduated from college I took them all to Sicily," she said. Most recently, the clan went on a Windstar yacht cruise. Mrs. Reilly has lived happily in a Noble cottage since 2008. She stays busy playing bingo, going out to lunch with friends and volunteering in the Noble Horizons Auxiliary’s Country Store. "I'm still cooking and gallivanting," she says. Those who know her marvel at her energy and at her infectious good spirits. "It’s getting harder," she said. "I could complain, but who would listen." And then she laughed.

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