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CCC Resident, Virginia Todham, Turns 100

January 17, 2008

For her 100th birthday, all Virginia Todgham wanted was a little apricot brandy and some chocolate cake. 

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Thanks to the caring staff members of the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />CommunityCareCenter at AllianceCommunityHospital, she got both.


“Virginia loves chocolate.  She'll tell you how much she wants her chocolate,†said Elisabeth Stokes, a Licensed Social Worker with the CCC's, said with a smile.


Stokes is one of the dedicated staffers who feted Todgham, originally of Alliance, with a party in the center's main dining room on Friday afternoon.


“We wanted to make sure to celebrate such a special milestone for our oldest resident,†said CCC Activities Director Cindi McClain, who helped fill the room with balloons, greeting cards and an ornately decorated chocolate birthday cake big enough to offer each of the dozens of residents and visitors in attendance a slice.


“Virginia is of her own mind.  When we went shopping with her two weeks ago, she said, ‘Now, I don't want any old lady shoes,'†said McClain.


Indeed, the former American Steel Foundries secretary/bookkeeper, who loved golfing with her late husband Clyde and lunching at Shaffer's Diner for most of her adult life, takes absolutely no medication and can still walk with assistance.


“She always loved walking down the hallway in our old facility,†recalled Renee Bender, the CCC's Director of Nursing.  Bender said Todgham became a resident on October 4, 2002.


“But she was independent for so long.  She even drove her car everywhere until she was nearly 90,†offered Todgham's goddaughter Jodee Brill, also of Alliance.


Brill clasped Todgham's hand in hers while they visited during the birthday bash, reminiscing about times when Brill was a child and Todgham would take her on shopping trips to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  “She never had children of her own and used to like to take me places,†said Brill, noting that Todgham had been her mother's best friend.


A widow for more than three decades, Todgham still enjoys drinking coffee, reading the newspaper and, of course, anything chocolate.  And, when asked the secret to her longevity, she said simply, “Behave yourself and just don't get into any trouble.â€


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