Watercrest St. Lucie West Assisted Living and Memory Care Celebrates the 104th Birthday of Beloved Resident Tillie Oppenheim Miller
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VERO BEACH, Fla., March 13, 2023 ~ This past weekend, Watercrest Senior Living Group was honored to celebrate the 104th birthday of Ms. Tillie Oppenheim Miller, a resident of Watercrest St. Lucie West Assisted Living and Memory Care in Port St. Lucie, Florida. More than forty family, friends, associates and residents gathered at the facility to shower Ms. Tillie with love and admiration on her momentous occasion.

Ms. Tillie was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 9th, 1919 as the youngest of six children. She grew up during the Great Depression and developed a life-long passion for dance, primarily ballroom and improvisational. In 1944 she married her husband of 41 years, Howard Oppenheim and they raised a family of three boys - Marvin, Gary and Sheldon - before his death in 1985. After his passing she married Henry Miller for four years before he passed away in 1988; tragically her youngest son Sheldon passed away one year later in 1989.

Ms. Tillie's lifelong love for dance carried her into the community theater where she performed in numerous productions well into her 90's; though she had always wanted to become a singer she passed those dreams along to generations following in her footsteps. Her advice for leading a long and fulfilling life is "to learn something new and different every day because a day without learning is a wasted day; to always look for happiness and not dwell on the sadness; and that regardless of our own suffering, remember there are others in worse situations."

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At Watercrest St. Lucie West Ms. Tillie has been able to build new friendships while engaging in activities, events and amenities offered at the community such as their annual Walk to End Alzheimer's event or ceremonies honoring U.S. Veterans or Mardi Gras celebrations which ensure that residents experience engagement, interaction, recreation and culinary delight.

On her 104th birthday Ms. Tillie enjoyed her specially requested meal of Nathan's franks with all the trimmings followed by cake while family members sang some of her favorite songs as she danced with each of her grandkids with youthful rhythm; party-attendees marveled at Ms. Tillie's phenomenal spirit as she proclaimed "Can't wait to do it again at 105!"

Ms Miller is an inspiration to all who know her - from family members such as four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren - setting an example of how to find well-deserved happiness despite heartaches throughout life; Watercrest St Lucie West is proud to have such an amazing resident who continues to bring joy into their community every day!
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