160 CARDS FLOODED INTO THE OAKS AT PASO ROBLES TO HONOR IRENE MARQUART’S 100th BIRTHDAY

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Irene Elizabeth Smith Marquart, the reigning Queen of Paso Robles, celebrated her 100th birthday on November 24 at a luncheon with special guest Mayor Steve Martin who presented Irene with a certificate of recognition. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham's office and the County Board of Supervisors also sent congratulatory certificates. But the most discussed topic of the day was the number of cards that were sent to Irene with good wishes. The project started with the staff at The Oaks at Paso Robles who thought it would be a good idea to get the community involved by asking them to send greeting cards. The grand total was 160 cards with most hailing from Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo County but there were cards from as far away as Australia and Holland, and from other states such as Washington, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Born on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1921, Irene moved to the Creston area with her family from Arkansas in 1929. For more information or to take a tour of The Oaks at Paso Robles call (805) 550-3593, or visit www.oaksatpasorobles.com. (photo courtesy of Westmont Living)

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