Irene Jewett Celebrates 100th Birthday at Home in East Andover

Roses, a huge cake, and 125 people

By Sharon Kern
Irene Jewett takes the seat of honor next to a huge cake and red roses during her 100th birthday celebration. Over 125 family, friends, and neighbors gathered to share her special day. Photo: Sharon Kern

Irene Jewett of East Andover was honored at her home with a special celebration of her 100th birthday. This beautiful open-house event was well received with over 125 neighbors, friends, and relatives. 

Guests traveled from several New Hampshire towns as well as from Maine, Vermont, Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Washington DC. Among those in attendance were her daughters, Barbara, Sharon, and Becky; her four grandchildren; and her great- granddaughter. 

In addition, friends and family who were unable to attend made sure to visit Irene the week before the celebration. Though she did not want any fuss made over her birthday, she was elated to see everyone and had a very happy day.

Irene was born in East Andover and has lived there for most of her 100 years. She was an active member of the community, volunteering her time and energy to many town functions. 

Throughout the years, she belonged to many service organizations and served on several town committees. She was a volunteer as an EMT with the Andover Fire Department for several years and clerk of the Andover Congregational Church for 50 years. 

She is the recipient of several certificates and awards including the Vaughan Award for Volunteer Services presented by the Governor. She recently received the Boston Post Cane, which is presented to the oldest person in Andover.

On behalf of Irene and her family, thank you to all who attended the open house and made her day extra special. Thank you to all those who brought food and flowers. A special thank you to the Andover Community Church for loaning tables and chairs and for helping to load and unload them. 

We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the Andover Fire Department for the beautiful and emotional presentation of roses and for setting up and dismantling the tent. Thank you all!