Kansas City area woman born in 1920 gets Roaring ’20s party for 102nd birthday

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Friends and family members of a longtime Kansas City-area resident threw a Roaring 20s birthday party to celebrate her 102nd birthday this week.

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Elouise Lyons enjoyed her daily sip of Scotch whisky as workers at Glenwood Village in Overland Park, Kansas, showered her with flowers and balloons, KMBC-TV reported.

“There’s too many birthdays,” Lyons told the television station.

Her son, Paul Lyons, said her mother has been “taking everything in stride.”

That includes her daily drink.

“That’s something she’s been doing for years and years,” Paul Lyons told KMBC.

Elouise Blackman Lyons is the daughter of the Rev. Earl and Eva Blackman, according to Kansas online vital records. She married James Lyons on Jan. 21, 1950, according to the Kansas City Star. She attended Kansas City University and in 1940 had a role in the university’s play, “The Drunkard.”

She was married to the longtime dentist until his death in St. Joseph, Missouri, on March 16, 1965.

She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a U.S.-based international women’s organization that focuses on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.

Elouise Lyons said her favorite birthday memories are with her twin sister, Lilabel, who also turned 102.

“We danced a little bit,” she said.

Elouise Lyons’ 1937 yearbook at Southwest High School in Kansas City listed her as a “page and dancer in “Ghosts of Windsor Park” and a senior critic for the school’s Laurean Literary Society.

The sisters will be connecting in a Zoom call on Saturday, KMBC reported.

Elouise Lyons said she does not know what the key to longevity is.

“She’s taking everything in stride,” Paul Lyons said. “She’s been positive.”

Information from online newspaper sources was used in compiling this report.