Centenarian receives birthday party of a lifetime

Spokane, WA, Maybelle Wendler spends her 105th birthday surrounded by friends.

Spokane, WA, Maybelle Wendler spends her 105th birthday surrounded by friends.

When friends prepared for Maybelle Wendler’s 105th birthday party, they wanted a surprise guest list for the Spokane, WA, resident. One of the guests they invited was her local letter carrier.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick was honored to receive the request. He joined Maybelle along with the mayor, representatives from the local fire and police department, and all of her friends from the Broadway Court Estates to share the special occasion. In addition to a rose presented to Maybelle by each individual in uniform, Mayor Rod Higgins also gave her a key to the city.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick shares a touching moment with Maybelle.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick shares a touching moment with Maybelle.

Besides a fondness for the mail, Maybelle has another connection with the Postal Service. From 1943-1946, she served as a contract mail carrier in Newman Lake. She left the service in 1946 to devote her time to raising her family, but her daughter fondly remembers riding in the delivery vehicle while her mom delivered mail.

While Maybelle’s 105th birthday party was an entertaining one, it was also bittersweet. The event doubled as a goodbye party as Maybelle will soon be moving to Boise, ID, to be closer to her daughter.

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