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News - June 25, 2021

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100 AND THRIVING ... A group of family members spanning four generations gathered on a bright afternoon on June 19 to celebrate Palo Alto resident Olga Pike's 100th birthday. It was their largest gathering since the pandemic began. Around 30 family members and acquaintances safely got together to mark the milestone. "She was very happy and was really looking forward to (the party)," said Cecille Pike, one of Pike's two daughters. The day was replete with food from Taqueria La Bamba, a large white cake from Draeger's Market and a three-person mariachi band. At 100, Olga Pike's health remains strong and her mind sharp, said Mark Nelson, Pike's son-in-law and husband of Cecille. Pike enjoys reading local newspapers, including the Weekly, he said. When the pandemic struck, it was difficult for Pike, according to Cecille. "I think it was very hard for her at first because she likes to get out and go to lunch or shop," she said, but Pike's spirit remains much higher now. Born in El Salvador on June 14, 1921, Pike came to Palo Alto in 1984 with her late husband who worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Pike told family members on Saturday that she didn't know what the secret to longevity is. "She doesn't exercise, but she eats pretty healthy," said Cecille, who speculates it could also be good genes that run in her family. While Nelson said everyone at the 100th birthday party could gather safely without masks since they were vaccinated, his mother-in-law did observe one COVID-19 precaution. "After everybody sang 'Happy Birthday,' both in Spanish and English, everybody said, 'Blow out the candles, blow out the candles. And she said, 'No, no. COVID! I'm not supposed to blow,'" Nelson said. "We all started cracking up."

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

Happy 100th birthday, Olga. What a nice story.

Congratulations on your well-earned retirement, Beth Minor. You have been a shining star at City Hall for decades. Thank you for your service. You will be missed.

Congratulations and welcome, Ms. Milton.

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