Penacook resident marks 104 years with dinner, concert

Penacook resident Bessy Jones, who turned 104 on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, started her birthday celebration earlier in the week by attending a dinner and concert at Presidential Oaks Retirement Community in Concord.

CONCORD — Presidential Oaks Retirement Community welcomed a special guest during its summer concert series Tuesday when Penacook resident Bessy Jones kicked off her birthday celebrations by enjoying dinner and a performance by the Nevers’ Second Regiment Band.

But this wasn’t just any birthday — Jones turned 104 Saturday.

Jones, joined by her son, Jerry, and his wife, Diane, had a turkey dinner and strawberry shortcake in the Big Oak Café before making their way outdoors for the final concert of the 2019 Summer Concerts on the Green series. Jones was given a balloon bouquet, which she tied to her walker as a decoration.

A graduate of Fisher College in Boston in the 1930s, she was a longtime beautician who worked out of her home. She has remained active throughout her life and drove regularly until she was 96, according to her son.

Jones said the key to living such a long life is simple. “Lots of food,” she said.

“She does love to eat,” Diane added.

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