Edna Van Zee of Newton was among a group of new and previously honored centenarians who attended this year’s Centenarian Honors Celebration Luncheon in Ames.
The Newton resident received a certificate of honor at the event held this week at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. Both Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were in attendance to honor the centenarians who were there.
“It was an honor to meet Edna and hear about the life she has lived for over a century,” Branstad said. “It is always a pleasure to recognize Iowa’s centenarians and celebrate the many contributions they have made to enrich our way of life in our great state.”
Reynolds added, “These hard working and dedicated citizens helped pave the way for the rest of us and it is an honor to celebrate their lives.”
This year’s celebration was held in conjunction with the Iowa Department on Aging’s Independent Living Conference. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives, best practices, innovative products and services to help Iowa’s older adults and persons with disabilities live as healthy and independent as possible in their communities.
Those who know of an Iowan who is, or will be, 100 years old in the coming year are encouraged to contact the Iowa Department on Aging toll-free at 1-800-532-3213.