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Greenfield resident about to turn 100: Shower Lily Sanders with cards for Sept. 26 birthday

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Centenarian Lily Sanders talks to city manager Todd Wilkin during the Sept. 13 Where's Wilkin. Sanders will be 100 years old on Sept. 26. (Photos courtesy of Sherry Parker/Village of Greenfield)
Angela Shepherd, Village of Greenfield

Birthdays are not only a day to celebrate the day a person was born, but also to recognize the life they have lived.

Greenfield’s Lily Sanders has a very big birthday coming up.

When Sanders was born, the end of the first world war was just a few years passed. The United States was experiencing the economic growth and social change of the 1920s that would eventually slide into the Great Depression by the end of the decade.

What the world looked like in 1923 is very different from what it looks like in 2023. Sanders, more than most, has seen many things come and many things go in the nearly 100 years she has lived.

Sanders will celebrate her 100th birthday on September 26. A great way to not only help her celebrate, but also to mark this significant occasion, would be with cards. You can send a card to her at 323 Oak St., Greenfield, Ohio 45123.

She was featured in the Sept. 13 installment of Where’s Wilkin, where city manager Todd Wilkin sat down with Sanders for a brief visit, also presenting her with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers from the village to help celebrate this particular birthday.

During that visit, Sanders told Wilkin she likes country music, particularly George Jones, and her favorite president was our nation’s 34th, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sanders also has a little sister who is 92 “years young.”

You can follow along with village happenings by visiting the Village of Greenfield, Ohio Facebook page and the website at