CHANDLER — A parade marking the 100th birthday of Margaret De Groot took place Sunday in this Murray County community.
“Margaret is an amazing woman and lives by herself with no help, except for having groceries delivered and having someone else drive her to appointments,” said Faye Schuur, a Chandler resident and long-time friend of De Groot. “She attends church every Sunday and makes cookies whenever it’s needed. Except for having macular degeneration, a disease of the eyes, she is very healthy and even bowled in her 90s.”
De Groot turned 100 on Tuesday, but Chandler celebrated the occasion as a community on Sunday.
“With the coronavirus, many people commented that the parade wasn’t just for Margaret, it was for the entire community,” Schuur said. “It’s what we needed to say, yes, life goes on.”
More than 100 people participated in Sunday’s parade. LeRoy Buys, an American Legion member, led the parade carrying the flag, with the Fire Department following. After the walkers and bicyclists, car riders and motorcyclists, horseback riders finished the parade.