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Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zilah Powell (right) celebrated her 100th birthday at a RiverDogs game. PROVIDED

Zilah Powell, originally of Stratton, Nebraska, celebrated her 100th birthday with a carriage ride, RiverDogs game, lunch at Seewee Restaurant and a 100th birthday party with ice cream and cake at Somerby retirement center on July 27.

She enjoyed visits from nieces, Elaine Gum of Kansas City, Missouri, and Lilah Yows of Amarillo, Texas, who presented her with a bouquet of 100 red, white and pink roses and accompanied Zilah to the RiverDogs game.

Zilah was interviewed by Channel 4’s sports commentator and was featured on the local sportscast. Zilah’s father, Seymour “Hooks” Bailey, was a professional baseball pitcher for Montreal, Canada, in 1928, and was under contract with the St. Louis Cardinals until he fell and broke his arm. He is a member of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.

Whan asked how long she had been going to baseball games, after some thought, Zilah said, “About a hundred years.”

Zilah taught school in a one-room, 12-grade schoolhouse in 1934 and 1935. Other visitors included her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Darlene Powell of Littleton, Colorado, her twin grandsons, Ryan and Sean Carper of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and her daughter, Yvonne Powell, with whom she had made her home in Mount Pleasant until recently moving to Somerby.

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