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Twelve Oaks residents mark birthdays

Twelve Oaks, a DePaul Senior Living Community in Mount Airy, recently celebrated two milestone birthdays among its residents.

Alene Gates hit the centenarian mark while Nolie Boyles celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Hope and prayer are a big ingredient in centenarian Alene Gates’ secret to longevity. “I kept hoping and praying and was in good shape health-wise,” she said. Staying active and eating healthy foods has paid off for the Pilot Mountain native.

Married to her late-husband Stuart Gates, Alene retired from Amos & Smith Hosiery. She moved to Twelve Oaks, her “home away from home,” in March 2020. She enjoys doing jigsaw and wordsearch puzzles in her spare time.

Alene’s family arranged a parade and large lawn sign outside Twelve Oaks and she received flowers and balloons among other fanfare to celebrate her milestone birthday. She married a tobacco farmer, Durward Boyles, and together they raised two sons and two daughters. Nolie celebrated her 103rd birthday with a parade, cake and socially distant visits with family.



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