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Blanche Evans has seen 99 Halloweens come and go.
But it’s not a simple holiday for the La Grange resident. It’s also a way to keep track of her age every year. That’s because Evans was born on Halloween in 1913.
And today will be Evans’ 100th birthday, or Halloween, however you look at it.
For Evans, Halloween has always been two-fold. When she was younger, she said there was always a party to go to, whether it was for her birthday or for Halloween. But trick-or-treating door-to-door, which is customary now, but wasn’t in style back when she was younger.
“Someone always had a party for us,” she said.
Evans has been an Oldham County resident since the 1970s and an active member at Crestwood Baptist Church since then.
She and her husband first moved to Oldham County in 1971, buying a lot and building a house in Pewee Valley after retiring from the Reynolds Co.
Her late husband was from the area, she said, and wanted to move back. Evans was born in Logan County, Ky., and met her husband at work in Richmond, Va.
“This area is home to me,” she said. “Moreso than where I was born because I left there when I was 21 and never went back.”
And with her centennial on the horizon, things have been getting busy for the still-active Evans.
“Seems everybody wants to do something for me,” she said.
Evans currently lives at The Oaks, an assisted living facility. But she was living on her own as recently as four years ago. And so far, she’s avoided any serious health concerns.
Evans has also stayed active in her church, where fellow members are complimentary of her.
“She loves the Lord, that’s why she is the way she is,” Alice Rodriguez, a fellow church member and friend of Evans said. “I consider her my best friend.”
Evans, who married late in life and never had kids of her own, still has a handful of grandchildren from her late husband who come to visit her. And she has a few nephews who recently came and celebrated her birthday early.
This Sunday, members of Crestwood Baptist Church will celebrate Evans’ birthday with a light lunch, Rodriguez said. Invitations were sent out to old friends of Evans, fellow church members and others. Up to 200 people are expected, Rodriguez said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing some friends I haven’t seen in a while,” Evans said. “I couldn’t ask for nicer people than what I have at the church that have stood by me and helped me however I needed.”
Rodriguez said the idea of helping comes from Evans, who constantly makes sure others are taken care of for meals, holidays and other events.
“Not too many people meet her and don’t end up loving her,” she said. “She’s such an inspiration to our church."
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