Carmen celebrated 100th birthday

Brothers Arden and Raymond Hollister pose on each side of their sister, Elizabeth Carmen at her 100th birthday celebration.

Elizabeth (Hollister) Joy Carmen was joined by family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday.

The centennial party took place one day prior to her June 17 birthday at North Point Church in Binghamton, N.Y.

Carman was born in East Rush to the late Herman and Josephine (Pierson) Hollister, the oldest of nine children. She lived most of her lift in the Elk Lake area and now resides in Binghamton, N.Y.

Five generations of family were in attendance at the party.

In a Facebook Live video with her great nephew Daniel Petty, Elizabeth offered up advice for those looking to live a long life. “Eat right, believe in the Bible and take it one day at a time.”

And although streaming over social media, Elizabeth said much of modern technology was “a bunch of nonsense.”

She also remembered her family’s first car – a Ford. “My father told me not to take it out – so I took it out,” she said.

Those attending the celebration included her brothers, Raymond and Dottie Hollister of East Rush, and Arden Hollister of Hallstead; her daughter Carol Johnson (who coordinated the celebration); granddaughters, Lisa and Lenny, as well as great grandchildren and her great great grandchild. Other family members and friends present included Susan and David Petty and son, Daniel; Patricia Schwarztrauber, her daughter-in-law, Vanessa, Mike and Lisa Andrejack, Bryan and Kim Hollister, Gary and Judy Dibble and family, Pam Stone, Janice Spering, Suzette Snyder and Sharon Watkins, and Suzanne Hill, as well as several others.


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