A special 99 year birthday party took place at the West Park Activity Center on Friday, Sept. 28.
Nora Kempton, spry, with a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed a luncheon and cake cutting with family and friends. James Carmichael of the Tehachapi Police Pipes and Drums played the bagpipes in her honor. Carmichael asked Kempton if she wished to hold the bagpipes for a picture and she expressed delight and honor to be allowed to hold the instrument.
When asked about her birthday she said "my birthday is just a number and it's unlisted."
Kempton's daughter, Karen Duvall said "my mother was born in Penacook, NH, on Sept. 26, 1913, moved to California in 1955 and to Tehachapi in 2005. She lives in her home, and I live across the street from her in Bear Valley and she takes care of herself and her home, with little assistance."
Duvall attributes her mother's mental and physical health to her Irish blood and positive outlook on life.
"My mother loves horses and rode for many years and still enjoys being around our horses," continued Duvall.
The birthday event was shared with two Valley Caregiver volunteers, Julie Kendrick, 90 years of age and Jeri Bauble, 60 years of age.
Kempton was showered with gifts one of which was a handmade lap quilt and she expressed her thanks and joy at receiving so many wonderful gifts.
Kemton was also honored by the Catholic Daughters at a party on Thursday, Sept. 13, during their monthly meeting and received good wishes, cards, refreshments and a cake.
"She was alert, interested and knew my name. I was impressed, it gives hope to the rest of us," said Pat Gracey.
The party was hosted by Valley Caregiver Resource Center, of Tehachapi
Established under the Older Americans Act, this federally-funded Family Caregiver Support Program provides a system of support services to help informal care-givers -- those who are providing unpaid care (help with day-to-day activities) for older adults as well as grandparents who are providing unpaid care for their grandchildren or other young relatives.
For more information on services provided by the Valley Caregiver Resource Center in Tehachapi, contact Chris Barrett, program coordinator, at 821-1626 or cbarrett@valleycrc.