Sally Finger Celebrates Her 101st Birthday

July 28, 2016

When Sally Finger was just five years old, history was being made. Thanks to passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote, she, as a young adult, would be going to the polls. 

When the Great Depression crippled American families, Sally Finger was there to make do and get through it.

When World War II ended with jubilant celebrations across the nation, Sally Finger was part of it.

SallyFinger familyThere also was marriage, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – all sunbeams in Mrs. Finger’s life.

On July 28 at a celebration on SoutheastHEALTH’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Mrs. Finger checked off another milestone – her101st birthday.  Family and Southeast caregivers gathered in the unit’s solarium. There was cake, flowers, gifts, cards and plenty of hugs for all.

Mrs. Finger is recovering from a lower spinal injury at Southeast and hopes to be dismissed soon. She is not someone who likes to be idle. Until her injury she was working as a resident manager for a seniors’ apartment complex in Cape, a job that involved climbing three flights of stairs daily to check on fellow neighbors and helping make maintenance calls. Her career also includes serving a number of years as the office manager of a radio station and her community service includes 20 years as a SoutheastHEALTH volunteer in the Surgical Waiting Room.

Of her time at Southeast Mrs. Finger says, “This is one of the greatest places. Doctors, nurses, everyone have been just wonderful to me.”

As for reaching 101? Mrs. Finger’s philosophy is a simple, yet meaningful one. “Welcome each day and be thankful.”