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Lorene Carothers celebrates 100th birthday

Lorene Carothers recently celebrated her 100th birthday. (Courtesy)

Lorene Carothers recently celebrated her 100th birthday. (Courtesy)

Lorene Charlotte Johnson Carothers was born on 9/3/1919 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Lorene moved to Prescott in 1932 with her mother, brother and little sister. Lorene’s mother, Lillie, was the head housekeeper at the brand new Hassayampa Hotel. Lorene married Richard L. Carothers. They had three children: Richard, Ann and Nancy. After the war, Lorene worked as a seamstress at the Thunderbird Sewing Factory, here in Prescott. She served as a substitute mail carrier prior to her and her husband purchasing the Wheel Inn Motel (now known as Bill’s Grill). Her parents owned the Montezuma Motel and Gas Station next door. Once Lorene’s children were grown and out of the nest, she then worked as a CNA in California and Arizona, retiring from the Pioneer’s Home to care for her mother Lillie, until her death at 99-years-old.

Lorene has lived a life of faith, attending the Assembly of God for many years, the Nazarene Church and for the past 12 years she has enjoyed worship with Ahava B’Shem Yeshua, a Messianic Jewish congregation here in Prescott. During her time with Ahava B’Shem Yeshua, she helped sew quilts to send to the Holocaust survivors in Israel.

Lorene celebrated her 100th Birthday with over 80 family and friends traveling from across 5 states to celebrate this momentous occasion. Lorene was also honored at Ahava B’Shem Yeshua with over 130 people in attendance.

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