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Sumner resident celebrates 105th birthday at Mariners game

Wilma Turner, a resident of Stafford Suites, an assisted living and retirement community located in Sumner, celebrated her 105th birthday on Aug. 9. To celebrate, Turner traveled to Safeco Field to watch the Mariners take on the Detroit Tigers.
Wilma Turner, a resident of Stafford Suites, an assisted living and retirement community located in Sumner, celebrated her 105th birthday on Aug. 9. To celebrate, Turner traveled to Safeco Field to watch the Mariners take on the Detroit Tigers. Courtesy

Wilma Turner, a resident of Stafford Suites, an assisted living and retirement community located in Sumner, celebrated her 105th birthday on Aug. 9.

To celebrate, Turner traveled to Safeco Field to see her beloved Mariners play ball. She was presented with an official jersey with the number “105” printed on the back as well as a birthday cake. The whole stadium sang happy birthday to her. This is the ninth year in a row that the diehard Mariners fan has shared her special day with “her boys.”

The Mariners even came through for Turner, defeating the Detroit Tigers, 6-5 in 15 innings.

Turner was born in 1911, the same year as Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, Jack Ruby and Hubert Humphrey. William Howard Taft was the incumbent president of the United States in 1911. The year also marked the first Indianapolis 500 race, the great fire of 1911 and the entrance of Chevrolet into the market to compete with Ford.

Turner is one of four centenarians currently residing at Stafford Suites who range in age from 100 to 108.

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