This past weekend, Bertie Kinnaman celebrated a milestone many people do not reach.
She turned 100 on Saturday, June 24, after having her birthday party on Friday at Grandwood Assisted Living in Grove.
Her son, Winfred (Win) Kinnaman, and his wife Joyce Kinnaman, organized the party and brought a cake big enough to share with Kinnaman’s friends and about 30 Grandwood residents.
Carole Minter, a representative of the Centenarians of Oklahoma, inducted Kinnaman into the organization after party attendees sang “Happy Birthday” and helped her blow out the cake's candles.
Kinnaman was born in 1917 in Lamar, Oklahoma. She played guard on her high school basketball team and was a star player, evidenced by a star sewn to her uniform. She won the state high school basketball championship in 1934.
After graduation she assembled aircraft parts in a Boeing factory until retiring in 1970.
She wed the late Wesley Kinnaman in 1936 and together they had three children. She now has 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Ellen Perkins and Julie Frye, neighbors and long-time friends of Kinnaman, said their friend used to bake “the best” coconut pies.
After finishing cake and ice cream, the group migrated to the Grandwood lobby to watch a slideshow video of Kinnaman’s life.
Minter said Kinnaman had this advice for anyone who wishes to be a centenarian: “Never do anything today you’ll regret tomorrow.”