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The Greenleaf Senior Resident Council celebrated the 100th birthday of Louise Barr recently. 

Friends, family, and neighbors came out on February 5 to celebrate Barr's birthday. 

"I thought it was just wonderful. Everybody was so nice," said Barr, who thanked everyone for throwing her a party and giving her gifts. 

Barr, who kneels for prayer every morning and every night, recognizes God as her leader and attends church every Sunday. 

She said her secret to a long and happy life is to dress for success and accessorize with good earrings and a bit of Estee Lauder perfume. She also has a sweet tooth, enjoying ice cream, lollipops, and don't forget her chocolate.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Barr has lived at Greenleaf Senior since the building opened in the 1960s. She has always been active in the community and never missed out on group trips or functions, said Greenleaf Senior Resident Council President Belinda Belk.

Barr also enjoys playing bingo, cards, and dominoes with her friends downstairs every day, Barr said. 

Plenty of city representatives attended the party, as well. 

The District of Columbia Housing Authority's Community Navigator Ron Friday was there and brought greetings from the agency. D.C. Department of Parks and Recreations’ Paul Taylor attended and brought well wishes from the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, where Barr and other seniors play bingo every week. Even the mayor sent Barr a gift to celebrate. 

The Greenleaf Senior Resident Council sponsored the party.

Editor’s Note: Barr's home health aide assisted with the interview. 

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Louise Barr (seated) and friend.
Last modified: 3/9/2018 1:38:50 PM