STILLWATER, Okla. – An Oklahoma community is mourning after a celebrated resident passed away recently.
Myda Lewis moved to Stillwater in a covered wagon when she was just 7-years-old.
For the next 100 years, she spent time in Stillwater working at a clothing store, painting portraits, and raising a family.
When the nursing home staff asked how she would like to celebrate her birthday, she said she had always wanted to ride in a parade.
So, last month, Lewis’ friends at Westhaven Nursing Home decided to plan the big surprise.
“We were literally just going to drive her down Main Street and we went down and told some of the merchants, ‘At 12:15, would you come out and wave to her and make it feel like a parade?’” Donald Lewis, the administrator of the Westhaven Nursing Home, said.
After posting the idea on social media, it took off and strangers started lining the streets. As it turns out, thousands of people came out to celebrate.
Officials at Westhaven Nursing Home say it is with a “heavy heart” that they had to announce Lewis’ passing.
Administrators tell News 4 that Lewis passed away around 10 p.m. on Monday.