Longtime Former Sebastian Resident Turns 108

A former Sebastian, Florida woman has turned 108 in Hawaii.
A former Sebastian, Florida woman has turned 108 in Hawaii.

SEBASTIAN – On January 27th in Kula, Margaret O’Connor, formerly of Sebastian, Florida celebrated her 108th birthday with neighbors, friends & family, including her son Brian O’Connor of Hawaii.

Mrs. O’Connor, started the party with a sparkly tiara and warm conversation with her guests. She was surprised the party was for her, and she couldn’t believe that she could be that old; she said she felt much younger!

After opening some cards and posing for photos, she enjoyed a hot dog, and she couldn’t get enough of the haupia cake. Otherwise, Margaret is in good health and will tell you she’s “just fine” when you ask her how she’s doing.

Mrs. O'Connor celebrates 108th birthday.
Mrs. O’Connor celebrates 108th birthday.

Although she’s not as active as she used to be, she still enjoys sitting outdoor in the park, drinking her “sweet coffee” (handcrafted lattes), eating chocolates and listening to upbeat music reminiscent of the swing and Elvis era! She’s quick to tap her feet, sing some tunes or whistle to songs she remembers.

Although she’s two years shy of being a supercentenarian, Mrs. O’Connor credits her longevity to having a strong faith in God, her love of dogs, not letting things bother her and (disclosed this year) she said she keeps her eyes closed so she doesn’t have to see what she doesn’t want to see…and she has a great sense of humor!

Born in Seattle in 1911, the same year Orville Wright remained in the air for 9 minutes and 45 seconds, Margaret has seen 19 U.S. presidents in her lifetime and has outlived her husband and two sons. Formerly a Registered Nurse (R.N.), Margaret has lived in WA, IN, NJ & Sebastian, FL prior to residing in Maui and is a mother to 5 sons, over a dozen grandchildren, and even more great-grandchildren!

At the end of the celebration, Mrs. O’Connor graciously thanked everyone for attending her party and hopes they’ll all attend next year!

Happy Birthday, Mrs. O’Connor!

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