Ruth Saterlee Owens
Ruth Saterlee Owens celebrated her 100th birthday at Life Care Center of Elyria on Monday, April 7, 2008. Friends, family, Life Care residents, staff members and Mayor Bill Grace were on hand for this momentous occastion. Ruth’s niece, Pat Marshal, her husband John and their son Johnny traveled from Michigan for the festivities.
Elyria’s Mayor Grace presented Ruth with an official Proclamation on behalf of the city. Doug McDermott, the Executive Director of Life Care Center of Elyria, awarded Ruth a membership to the Life Care Center’s Century Club and a commemorative pin.
In the year 1908 the Model T was introduced. Mother’s Day was celebrated for the first time, and the 16th amendment to the constitution (authorizing the Federal Government to collect income tax) was ratified. Theodore Roosevelt was President. However, according to the guests at the party, the biggest news of all was the birth of Ruth Owens in Saginaw, Michigan.
Ruth’s family relocated to Elyria where her father worked in the funeral business. Ruth’s mother was a wonderful seamstress and worked making alterations at Merthe’s Dept. Store, back then the biggest store in Elyria. Ruth went to high school and attended Business College.
Ruth married Theodore "Ted" Owens. Ted worked for American Standard. Ruth had a wonderful career working as a bookkeeper for the Lorain County Treasurer’s office for 30 years.
The guests at the celebration reminisced about all that Ruth has witnessed in the past 100 years. From Man’s first flight to space travel, from the first telephones with party lines and cranks to cell phones, and from those first Model T’s to our modern SUV’s.
When Ruth was asked for words of wisdom she responded with "Have a whale of a good time while you can".