BAXTER SPRINGS - Surrounded by her family, friends, and the supportive staff at Quaker Hill, Ella Alsbury celebrated her 100th spin around the sun on Oct. 4.

Ella, whose maiden name is Marsh, was one of 10 children. Her two surviving brothers Doyle and Darrell Marsh, were both present for the birthday party.

Doyle said that while Ella has been a resident at Quaker Hill for the past seven years, she's lived in the area the entirety of her long and full life, with most of that having been in the former town of Picher, Oklahoma. Ella's father had worked as a miner in Picher.

Ella was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Webb City, Missouri. She worked in various garment factories during her life, and retired as cook in the NEO A&M campus cafeteria in Miami, Oklahoma.

"She was a darn good cook," said Doyle.

Doyle said when Ella wasn't working, she likely at church.

Quaker Hill, skilled nursing by Americare is located in Baxter Springs, and provides a vital part of the community's health care continuum.