Former High River resident Elsie Pedersen will be celebrating 102nd birthday

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Former High River resident Elsie Pedersen will turn 102 on March 13.

She was a very long time resident of High River until the flood displaced her from Medicine Tree Manor.

Her granddaughter Dawna Zimmer says she loved living in High River.

She has been incredibly lonely in her Calgary seniors home during her second worldwide pandemic and Zimmer wants to do something special for her 102nd birthday. She’s trying to get 102 pieces of mail to her and wanted to get the word out in the paper. If you know or remember Elsie, or if you would just like to wish her a happy birthday, her mailing information is listed below.

Here is a little bit about Elsie…

She was born March 12, 1919 on the farm near Empress. She had six kids (four still alive), 12 grandkids and 23 great grandchildren. Elsie and her husband had a farm in Acadia Valley for many years, and then moved to Calgary to be near family. They moved to High River from Calgary in the mid-80s. She loved gardening and playing bridge.

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In 1988 they built the house that Dawna currently lives in to downsize as her husband was sick. He died in 1989 and she lived alone there for many years before moving to the Medicine Tree Manor in 1998.

She lived and thrived at the Manor with many friends, always playing bingo, bridge and Scrabble until the flood in 2013. Sadly, most of her friends were sent to different places and she never really got over that sadness from the flood. She tried several different residences after that and has been living in South Calgary at the Beverly Center for about five years. She is still very much “with it” and enjoys the few visits she is allowed these days.

“As we all know, seniors love mail and for my grandma’s 102nd birthday, I want to surprise her with a ton of it!  So, if you knew my grandma or just want to send a little random kindness out into the world, please consider dropping her a birthday card, a note, a pic, whatever you want,” said Dawna.

ELSIE PEDERSEN
#2005, 500  Mid Park WaySE
Calgary, AB
T2X 3S3

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