Vehicles surronded the Masonic Temple on Saturday morning and made their way down Oklahoma Ave. as they helped celebrate Ethel Bowens 112th birthday celebration with a good ol’ fashion Guthrie parade.
Mrs. Bowens is the oldest living woman on record in Oklahoma and is considered a Supercentenarian. Not many Americans can say they hold that recognition.
Among the guest, including the Guthrie High School’s marching band, ROTC and cheerleaders, Mayor Steven Gentling and State Senator Chuck Hall.
Sen. Hall presented Mrs. Bowens with flowers, a card, a procolamation on behalf of State Rep. Garry Mize and the Oklahoma House of State Representatives, a citation from the State Senate, and a Oklahoma state flag that flew over the State Capitol.
Afterwards, a 10-minute parade of vehicles wished Mrs. Bowens a happy birthday.
Bowens was born in Guthrie just two years after Oklahoma became a state. She was alive when the Titanic sank and lived through both World Wars.
Bowens was married for 65 years, has six children, 136 total grandchildren (29 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren and 52 great-great children).
Her birthday is August 26.
If you would like to send Mrs. Bowens a birthday card, you can use the following address:
P.O. BOX 863
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044