95th Birthday Party Nearly Stops Traffic In Harrisville

95th Birthday Party Nearly Stops Traffic In Harrisville

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Betty Jackson exited a car outside of Harrisville Lanes & Lounge, but it wasn't to bowl. The mother of eleven is turning 95 and her family surprised her with a horse and buggy ride to celebrate the occasion.

"She's so excited. We weren't sure she'd be too scared to get on the carriage. She's a little wobbly and she can't walk that well, we were like, is she going to resist and not get on," said Vickie Irish, Jackson's daughter.

But she did get on and she didn't know where she was going either. As it turned out, she took a ride through town to pick up some of her friends at a couple stops.

"She was a hard worker, worked hard. My brother told her at her 90th birthday how we remember her hanging clothes out, even in the winter, on a clothes line and bringing frozen clothes in," said Loretta Hall, Jackson's daughter. 

And she's still at it, smiling and waving.

Believe it or not, this 95 year old lives on her own in her trailer with little assistance from her family.

"Like you said, she lives by herself, very independent, she don't use that cane anymore than she has to," said Edmund Jackson, Jackson's son.

The ride concluded at the fire hall pavilion where family and friends ate some cake and opened presents. 

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