Yvonne Wright Celebrates Centennial Birthday


Yvonne Wright joined a growing population of centenarians as she celebrated her 100th birthday with her family, friends, residents and staff at the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home.

The Shaw Home staff worked diligently to make Yvonne’s 100th birthday an occasion to remember. The festivities began with Yvonne celebrating at the New England Revolution’s final regular-season home game on Saturday, October 19th, against the Columbus Crew. Yvonne is an avid soccer fan and was delighted to share her first live soccer game with her family. “It was perfect”, Yvonne remarked.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Senator Marc Pacheco visited with Yvonne in the morning and presented her with a Resolution. Later that afternoon, during her birthday party, State Representative Susan Williams Gifford, Middleboro Board of Selectwoman Leilani Dalpe, Michael Jackman District Director on behalf of Congressman William Keating, and the Board of Directors for the Hannah B. G. Shaw Home all presented her with Citations. Yvonne also received a personal note from Governor Deval L. Patrick who was unable to attend the event.

Leilani Dalpe, an accomplished opera singer, provided entertainment during the party.

When asked what the secret is to reaching 100 years old, Yvonne smiled and replied, “Keep busy.”

Yvonne was born on October 23, 1913 in Brookline, Massachusetts. She grew up with her twin sister, Helene. In 1935, Yvonne married Lewis Wright, a twin himself. The couple settled in Holbrook where they raised their four children: Janice, Carolyn, Steven, and Linda. Yvonne is affectionately known as “Gram” and “Nana”, to her nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Later in life, Yvonne discovered a passion for art and became an accomplished oil painter. At the age of 95, she bought herself a laptop and progressed to an IPad wherein she plays word game player online and keeps well abreast of family members and activities via her Facebook page. She enjoys knitting afghans, playing endless games of Scrabble and walking daily.

Residents at The Shaw Home describe Yvonne as “a kind and compassionate woman who is a friend to all. She is loved by many people.”

“It is a pleasure to be a part of Yvonne’s life and take part in 100th birthday celebration.” Kristine Donnelly, Administrator of The Shaw Home remarked, "She is a special woman and we are blessed to have her as a member of The Shaw Home family."

A link to the Library of Congress in Recognition of Yvonne: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r113:E23OC3-0005:/