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Three St. Margaret's at Mercy Residents Approach 100th Birthday as a Fourth Reaches Hers

St. Margaret's at Mercy nursing home celebrates three of its residents who will soon be 100 years old. A fourth, born Dec. 25, 1915, celebrated her 100th birthday last Christmas.


NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 20, 2016 — Three residents of St. Margaret's at Mercy reached 99 years old in 2015 and look forward to celebrating their 100th birthdays this year. At the same time, Velma Harper, who was born Dec. 25, 1915, reached 100 years old on Christmas Day and already has been lauded by staff members and fellow residents at St. Margaret's.

Announcements of the birthdays were made by Larry Stansberry, chief executive officer and administrator at St. Margaret's at Mercy.

"We are truly honored to serve these and all our residents," said Marianna Roppolo, director of admissions at St. Margaret's at Mercy. "They become part of our St. Margaret's family, as do we theirs. We cherish each day we share with each other."

Ms. Harper, who was admitted to St. Margaret's nearly five years ago, is a divorced mother of two daughters. A former babysitter at Chateau and Provident, she is a lifelong Baptist who worships at St. Margaret's and prays each day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ms. Harper is in good health, uses a walker and enjoys singing, sweets and collecting.

Marguerite Theobold, who was born on April 19, 1916, was admitted to St. Margaret's six years ago. A former housewife, she is a widow and Roman Catholic who worships at St. Margaret's, plays BINGO and enjoys chocolates.

Born on May 3, 1916, Wilma Walker was admitted to St. Margaret's almost five years ago. A Baptist from Kokomo, Miss., she was a domestic worker who is now known for her singing of church hymns and psalms by the St. Margaret's fireplace.

Yvonne Severin Vigne, who was born on Nov. 10, 1916, was admitted to St. Margaret's a year ago. A Roman Catholic and former housewife, Mrs. Vigne has five children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and six great-, great-grandchildren. A splendid cook, she also enjoys exercising, watching television and BINGO.

For more information on St. Margaret's at Mercy and its residents, see, call 504-279-6414 or write or visit St. Margaret's at Mercy at 3525 Bienville Street in New Orleans, LA 70119.

A trusted name since 1889, St. Margaret's at Mercy is a skilled nursing facility and much more than a nursing home. Nurses are professionals who meet and surpass the highest standards. Residents enjoy a lifestyle tailored to opportunities for socializing, participation in activities and sharing a familiar way of living. From speech and physical therapy to elite medical assistance, St. Margaret's provides state-of-the-art facilities, technology and the finest possible lifestyle of its residents.

Contact Info
St. Margaret's at Mercy
3525 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone: 504-279-6414