Resident at The Grand at Chittenango turns 107

Family, Care Facility Hosted Party in Her Honor

Family, friends and staff at the grand hosted a 107th birthday celebration for Gladys Musser, a resident at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango, on Nov. 4, 2019. The celebration included a large family gathering with cake and ice cream, a basket of flowers, a sparkling tiara and a commemorative certificate from The Grand.

Musser was born in Smyrna in 1912 and has been at The Grand since December 2009; she worked as a registered nurse her entire life.

Musser spent the first 10 years of marriage as a farmer’s wife before seeking employment as a service worker to help support her family, accepting employment at an Oneida hotel.

Musser later served as a nurse for eight years at the Christian Children’s Orphanage in Dallas, Texas. At age 66, she moved closer to family in the town of Chittenango. While working in the orphanage on the day Kennedy was assassinated, Gladys had taken 14 of the kids out of the orphanage to sit on the knoll and watch his motorcade come through.

She credits her long life to remaining active and staying sharp. Musser enjoys attending live entertainment, doing puzzles and eating chocolate. She also loves the company of staff members and peers on and off the unit, family visits, arts and crafts and food socials while enjoying a glass of tea.

She was honored with the singing of “Happy Birthday” by her family, friends and staff.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango facility provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization.

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