Phyllis Nelder of Mount Pleasant Home Turns 100!
The weekend of August 5 was a festive one for the residents of Mount Pleasant Home in Jamaica Plain.
Their oldest living resident and long time Red Sox fan, Phyllis Nelder, turned 100 years old. Family and friends of Phyllis came from around the country to celebrate this milestone birthday.
The party area was decorated in bright red, Phyllis' favorite color. The party-goers waited for the elevator carrying Phyllis to open and surprised her by wearing "100 shaped" glasses.
Phyllis was also feted at the United Parish in Brookline with lunch, a huge cake and 80 (!) of her closest friends. Almost all her living relatives were there, as well as one woman who was her first grade student in Maine in 1955, and another who was in her church youth group in the 70s. Phyllis ended her thank you speech with "Happiness is my thing!"
Phyllis and her late husband were long time Red Sox season ticket holders and she still holds the Sox warmly in her heart. In honor of her birthday, the Red Sox sent her a 100th Fenway Park commemorative ball and hat that she wears proudly. She will be a guest of the Red Sox and appearing on the JumboTron at the August 23 Red Sox game as “Centenarian of the Day.”