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Fountain Crest celebrates resident’s 100 year birthday with family and friends

By MELISSA BILL - | Jul 28, 2021

Joan Evans celebrates her 100th birthday at Lehigh Acres’ Fountain Crest Retirement Village. PHOTO PROVIDED


Lehigh Acres’ Fountain Crest Retirement village threw a party for one of its long-time resident’s 100th birthday. In early July, Joan Evans was joined by all of her great grandchildren, family members via Zoom and Facebook and local residents to celebrate her centennial.

Nearly 30 family members joined via Zoom to wish her a happy birthday, and 50 residents of Fountain Crest were in attendance. Her granddaughter Renee Shipton, and great grandchildren helped organize the event, and put together a dedicated PowerPoint about Joan’s life.

Following the presentation, party-goers joined in a small game on who knows Joan best, complete with a door prize. Of course the birthday was not complete without the honored guest’s favorite meal.

“She requested a fried chicken dinner, which is her favorite, plus we all played a game of Bingo, which one of her great granddaughter’s actually won,” Shipton said.

Joan Evans was joined by all of her great grandchildren and family members via Zoom, Facebook and local residents to celebrate her 100th birthday. PHOTO PROVIDED

During the party, Joan’s life story was told via the PowerPoint by her granddaughter, as guests got a glimpse into the story of how her and her two sisters and brother, who grew up in an orphanage in Helena, Oklahoma.

After being adopted, Joan, who was formerly named Carrie Ann went to live in New Mexico.

Once she graduated highschool, she went to business school and then went to work at Woolworth. She then met and married her husband Watson Evans and had daughter Barabara Evans, their first and only child. When Joan’s husband went to serve in the Philippines, she went to work as a clerk at the Kirkland Airforce Base. Joan and husband Watson were married 64 years before he passed away in 2006.

In March 2015, Joan moved with granddaughter Renee Shipton to Florida. Not long after, Joan began living at Fountain Crest.

According to granddaughter Renee, when asked what she liked most about her new home at Fountain Crest, she replied, “the love the people that work here shows us and the great new friendships that I’ve built here.”

Evans, who is legally blind now, remains a very active member of the Fountain Crest community.

“She doesn’t let that stop her from doing the things she loves,” Shipton, who is also the Regional Director Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast said.“We all must realize that each one of us will suffer some type of disability as we get older. That’s why it’s important to be conscious of others who have limitations or a disability.”

Evans was touched by her family’s effort to make the day extra special.

“She had a great day and was very touched by everyone’s involvement in the day and PowerPoint presentation,” Shipton stated.