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Fri, Dec. 13

100th Birthday: Isobel Sheppard Huffman Henry

Isobel Sheppard Huffman Henry turns 100 today. Henry was joined by four generations of her family and her many friends at Thursday Bingo at the Rowle Simmons Adult Center in Prescott to celebrate her birthday.

Henry was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 28, 1914. She immigrated to Glendale, Calif., in 1926 and graduated from Glendale High School there. She married Bill Huffman and raised three boys in Sylmar, Calif., where they ran a grocery store. Henry was the president of the Women's Auxiliary at the Panorama City Memorial Hospital and through that opened a coffee shop in the hospital. Soon after the Sylmar earthquake in 1971, she moved to Prescott.

Bingo friend Sharon Johnson said, "She is a pure lady and sharp as a tack."

Gretchen Huffman, Henry's granddaughter, added, "She has made many women a better mother."

When asked about her birthday, Henry mused, "It's a happy day and a long timeframe from beginning to now. I've lived through a lot, starting with World War I and the Great Depression." She cited the television as the neatest invention of her time.

Joining her at the bingo birthday celebration were her sons Steve Huffman of Prescott, Gary Huffman of Pine Grove, Calif., and Greg Huffman of Healdsburg, Calif., granddaughter Gretchen and great-granddaughter Harmony, also from California.

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