One of Adams County’s most senior residents will be celebrating her 103rd birthday this weekend. Helen Shultz turned 103 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014 and birthday party will be thrown for her at the Eagle Creek Nursing Center in West Union on Saturday, August 16 at 3 p.m.
The family invites anyone who would like to stop by during her birthday to wish her well or to write a letter or send her a birthday card, as she enjoys reading them. The address is Eagle Creek Nursing Center, 141 Spruce Lane, West Union, Ohio 45693.
Helen was born in St. Lawrence, SD, in 1911. She attended business school in Iowa after graduating from high school, but dropped out when she married Kenneth Shultz. The two were married for over 50 years, until he passed away on July 7, 1991.
Kenneth’s uncle, Charles Shultz, was mayor of West Union and convinced Kennth to move to the area to take advantage of the business opportunities in the area.
Helen lived in Aberdeen prior to moving to the Eagle Creek Nursing Center on April 19, 2010.
Two of her sons have passed away, Wayne Shultz at the age of 47 and Merlin Shultz at the age of 70. One daughter, DeLores ‘Jackie’ Allison of Bentonville, and one son, Kenneth Shultz Jr. of Ross, Ohio, are still alive, as well as one sister, Lillian Herbert of Butte, Neb.
Helen enjoys working with arts and crafts. Until recently she crocheted many pieces, including a Raggedy Anne and a Raggedy Andy doll that she keeps in her room. Now she focuses her attention on coloring and crossword puzzles. She is also fond of playing Bingo, which this writer discovered when he tried to interview her during a Bingo game and she told him to wait until she was done.
Until last year, Helen would travel with her family to weddings and other family gatherings, and would venture out with them for her birthday.
When asked what the secret to living to 103 was, Helen replied, “Hard work. Hard work.”