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Lela Sandfort, Concordia Retirement Center Resident, Celebrates 101st Birthday

Ohio Native Drawn to Bella Vista by Ozarks’ Natural Beauty and Seasonably Mild Climate

Lela SandfortBELLA VISTA, Ark. (April 16, 2014) – Lela Sandfort celebrated her 101st birthday on Monday, March 10, at Concordia Retirement Center, surrounded by staff, friends and fellow residents.

Sandfort was honored in a private gathering with cake and refreshments, where she treated guests to stories from her personal experiences over the last century.

A native of Covington, Ohio, Sandfort was an only child. Without brothers or sisters, she played with dolls even as an older girl, designing and sewing beautiful outfits for them. Musically gifted, she played saxophone in her high school marching band in the 1930s; the boys wore white slacks and the girls wore white dresses.

Sandfort graduated from Miami Jacobs Business School in Dayton and worked as a secretary for the SWS Chevrolet dealership. She married her husband, John, in 1938 at age 25 and raised twin sons.

Drawn by the Ozarks’ natural beauty and seasonably mild climate, in 1977 Sandfort began spending her winters in Bella Vista. She permanently relocated here two years later.

In 2009 she sold her local townhouse and moved to the Concordia Retirement Center, where residents and staff have become her new “family.”

“If you can’t live alone, Concordia is the best place to live; it’s like a big family. Employees and residents are your family. There’s something for everyone at Concordia,” Sandfort said.

Sandfort, in excellent health, looks forward to another great year with her friends and neighbors at Concordia Retirement Center.