The Chronicle: To reach 100, Rose Tevlin says, ‘Just be patient’

April 15, 2016 | Alumni in the News

“Remarkable” is the best word to describe Rose Tevlin. It was used many times by guests who attended her 100th birthday party at Glen Arden.

After guests sang “Happy Birthday,” Rose responded with a clear voice: “I thank you all for coming. This is one of the most important — and happiest — days of my life. Thank you for sharing it with me. Enjoy what there’s here to enjoy.”

She then added, “Don’t go — there’s entertainment.”

That’s Rose for you, friendly, outgoing, enjoying life, and generous, even at 100 years old. She always loved being with friends, entertaining and cooking for them. In fact, it’s best thing about being 100, she said: “I’m still in pretty good health, and I can still make parties, if I’m invited.”

Actually, Rose planned her March 20 party.

“This wasn’t a surprise party,” she said. “I planned it right down to having tea lights on each table.”

She chose the guests and the menu. She selected the frostings and fillings for each cake: chocolate frosting and filling in one, and vanilla frosting with raspberry jam in the other.

“I don’t have Alzheimer’s,” she said.