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July 4, 2014

Hazel Mooney celebrates 100 years

CLAREMORE — Hazel Mooney, a Claremore resident at The Brookfield, is celebrating her 100th birthday party this week.

Several residents of The Brookfield, Oklahoma Rep. Marty Quinn, her daughter, Ann Harmon,  her best friend Fonzell Williams, and her 97-year-old boyfriend, Robert Clark,  all gathered together to eat cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Mooney on her big day.

Mooney, Clark, and Williams sat right next to each other during party. They talked, laughed, and spent time together, which is something they do often.

Williams and Mooney met at The Brookfield and became best friends over common interests. They both love to sew and talk.  Clark, who arrived at The Brookfield in September, found Mooney to be a beautiful lady. He called her his best friend.

“I always wanted to date an older woman,” Clark joked.

When they first started “hanging out” together, they would see each other in the dining room and wave, then they started to walk together to and from meals, and recently they have started sitting together at the table for two so they could spend time talking.

“We have every meal together, we take walks down the halls, and spend a lot of time talking,” Clark said.

He bought her flowers for her birthday and on Saturday when her family will be in town to celebrate, he is going to play the guitar for her.

Mooney will also be inducted into the Centenarian Club on Saturday through the Northeast Active Timers (NEATs) organization.  

The Brookfield is always happy for their residents who find a special someone.

Debbie Hudson, an administrator at The Brookfield said, “Everyone needs someone to care for, and nobody ever gets to the place where they do not want to be special to someone.”

They were both previously married, Mooney for 56 years and Clark for 62 years.

“I can only have just one guy at a time,” Mooney said with a big smile.  

She was born in Arkansas and grew up with nine siblings. She met her husband and moved to Oklahoma so he could be a carpenter during World War II. She had three children and was a housewife who “never retired.”

Her favorite holiday to celebrate remains to be Christmas because all of her family gets together, and she recites  a poem “Auntie and Willie,” which she has had memorized for decades.

“If anyone wants to live as long as I have, you need to live for Jesus,” Mooney said.

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