Longtime Ogdensburg resident celebrates 100th birthday at RiverLedge Residence
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:17 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Helen E. Morrow celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 30 at the United Helpers Adult Residence, recently renamed RiverLedge Residence, where she has lived for the last 13 years.

Hailing from a farm east of Prescott, Ontario, Morrow said she never thought that she would be living in Ogdensburg. “My father owned two farms in Canada,” said Morrow.

“I graduated from Business School in Prescott, married my husband Arthur in 1937, and moved to Ogdensburg in a quaint house on Montgomery Street that same year.”

For over 40 years, Morrow’s husband was the manager of Sunshine Hardware Store on Ford Street in Ogdensburg. The couple also owned and operated six camps in the Morristown area.

“My husband and I were blessed with two wonderful kids, Ruth and Allan, and six amazing grandchildren.”

Morrow recalls that once her husband passed away, she frequently visited friends who lived at the residence. “I loved the location and the people here, so I decided to move in,” she said.

“I never thought that I would live to see my mom reach 100 years old,” said her son Allan Morrow. “Her outgoing, positive attitude and a love for people, as well as the environment, and quality of care she has received at the Riverledge Residence have actually contributed to her longevity. Thank you for all you do for her and the other residents as well.”

Morrow says that she likes to spend her days reading, listening to music, going shopping, visiting with friends, and playing the piano.

“I have lots of friends and family here. There is always some sort of activity or entertainment going on and the staff do everything that they can to make this place feel like home, which is why I have lived here for the last 13 years,” she said.