According to the Plant City Observer, Plant City’s own Blakely Parker has just turned 100 years old. Miss Illinois was born into the world in 1920. And those that love her, gathered ’round to throw her a surprise party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lakeland.
The Observer also reports that Parker was born in Georgia and lived there until 1949 when she moved to Plant City where she has resided ever since. She worked at Lakeland General Hospital for more than 20 years until her retirement. After retirement, Blakely went to South Florida Baptist Hospital and joined its crew of “pink lady” volunteers.
The article also states that Faith is a major part of Parker’s life and that she spent many years helping her church give back to the community. She also works with St. Mary’s Community Church helping them feed homeless and otherwise food insecure people in the area.
By all accounts, Blakely is very much loved by family and friends and even by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, who celebrated Parker’s special day with her. The board issued a commendation celebrating her life and impact in the community.
Her advice to everyone is “always do your best and always do the right thing”, and “treat everybody like you want to be treated,”. It sounds like excellent advice to me.
So a big “Happy Birthday Blakely Parker”! We wish you many more!
To see Ms. Parker’s smiling face click here.