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Making A Difference: Richmond Care Facility Holds Birthday For 105-Year-Old Resident

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 22, 2019

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Tuesday was the 105th birthday of Kenwood Health and Rehabilitation’s oldest resident, Lela Hisel.

Hisel said she couldn’t believe the celebration that they had for her at Kenwood Health and Rehabilitation.

“I never thought anybody thought of me,” she said.

Her smile is contagious, and her laugh is adorable. The celebration of her turning 105 was another chance for people to marvel at Hisel’s spirit.

“I hope that I can have the attitude she has if I can live to be her age,” said her great-nephew, Gordon Hisel.

Lela Hisel was born and raised in Jackson County and spent most of her life working on her family’s tobacco farm. Now she spends her time reading, painting and even exercising.

“Miss Lela, she wears us out because we can’t keep up with her,” said Janice Jackson with Kenwood Health and Rehabilitation.

Hisel has four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. She told LEX 18 that she attributes her long life to her faith in God and hard work.

Her one wish this birthday was to get birthday cards. She’s received about 60 cards so far, but her hope is to get at least 105.

You can send her a card by addressing it to Lela Hisel, 130 Meadowlark Drive, Richmond, Kentucky 40475.