A Milestone Birthday & Boston Post Cane for Stella Roberts

Friday the 13th was a lucky and momentous day for Stella Roberts.

On June 13, Judy Ramsdell, Administrative Assistant to the Whitefield selectmen, right, presented the Boston Post Cane to Stella Roberts, the town’s oldest resident. It was a celebratory day for Roberts, who also marked her 100th birthday.

On June 13, Judy Ramsdell, Administrative Assistant to the Whitefield selectmen, right, presented the Boston Post Cane to Stella Roberts, the town’s oldest resident. It was a celebratory day for Roberts, who also marked her 100th birthday.

Now a resident of Sartwell Place at The Morrison, Stella celebrated her 100th birthday on June 13 with a party attended by family, fellow residents and staff, topped off with birthday cake, ice cream, cards and gifts. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she was also presented with the Boston Post Cane as Whitefield’s eldest resident by the selectmen’s administrative assistant, Judy Ramsdell.

 

Born on Friday, June 13, 1914 in Roxbury, Vt., Stella moved to Pomfret following her marriage, and later raised her children in Thetford. In 1978, she moved to Dalton where she resided until she moved into her daughter Dot Strout’s home in Whitefield seven years ago. She has been a resident at Sartwell Place for a month.

 

Stella was primarily a homemaker for much of her life, and also worked at the Whitefield Senior Center until she was 82 years old. She was married for 26 years to Edwin Roberts, until he passed away in 1959.

 

Children include Barbara Comstock, Florence Lund, Daniel Roberts, Dorothy Strout, Raymond Roberts, twins Lila Johnson and Leola Bacon, and Susie King. Both of her sons and her eldest daughter, Barbara, have passed away. Stella also has 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 32 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Stella loves to travel and has been on five cruises, spent three winters in Florida and has visited Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and various places throughout New England. She has also enjoyed craftwork throughout her life, listens to bluegrass and country western music, and liked to go camping and dancing.

 

The secret to her mother’s long life, says daughter Dot Strout, is staying on the go. “She’s been very active. We kids have kept her active.”