CANANDAIGUA — On March 2, with her extended family present, along with Ontario Center staff and residents, Gladys Smart-Powers celebrated her 100th birthday with a big party on the second floor at the facility on County Complex Drive.

Powers, who turned 100 March 4, embraced family, friends and staff, who created a display table consisting of a photo album and pictures in frames reflecting a life full of love.

“I just love Gladys and her family,” said Tammy Voeltz, recreation director at Ontario Center. “Gladys is so cute as a bug in a rug and her daughter Shirley is the sweetest soul.”

Gladys Smart-Powers was born in Wolcott, but lived in Canandaigua before coming to the Ontario Center. Powers had four children, but only two are still living today, plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gladys’ second husband, Joe Powers, was also at Ontario Center for a while a few years back before he died. Powers was a sales clerk and she loved playing the piano and organ. She always loved gardening as well.

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