The Grand Island Town Board issued a town proclamation to Elderwood at Grand Island resident Hazel Smith, who celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Mary Cooke visited Elderwood Friday and presented Smith with a Town proclamation noting the event. The proclamation said the Town Board "hereby extends our sincerest congratulations to Hazel Smith on reaching the milestone of her 100th birthday."
"You have the whole town telling you 'Happy birthday,' " Cooke told Hazel.
Born in Scotland, Dec. 21, 1914, Smith moved to Niagara Falls at the age of 7 with her parents and two older sisters. Her father owned Smith Hardware on Main Street in Niagara Falls near Pine Avenue.
Hazel graduated from Buffalo State College and pursued a career in education, teaching third grade at Hyde Park Elementary School.
She enjoyed baking cookies, knitting, crafting, and always had a rose garden. She enjoyed ice-skating with her nieces and nephews. Her nephew Roy Campbell, along with his wife Mary Anne, visited Hazel at Elderwood on her birthday.
She was a longtime member of Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls. She also volunteered at Meals-on-Wheels for many years.
At Elderwood, Hazel enjoys reading her Reader's Digest. Hazel's sister Betty Campbell was a longtime resident of Elderwood on Grand Island, and the sisters shared neighboring rooms.