Verena at the Glen Resident Turns 100 Years Old

Verena at the Glen, an Independent Living Community in Glen Allen, Virginia, celebrated resident Laura Thomas Rice on July 14 as she turned 100 years old.

Verena at the Glen resident turns 100 years old

Laura was born in Alton, Va. on July 14, 1920, and is one of eight children, according to her family. Laura and her late husband, William Earl Thomas, moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 1953. Laura was an active member of Oak Ridge Central Baptist Church from 1953 through 2017. Ten years subsequent to the death of her late husband, Laura married Walter Wilburn Rice who is also now deceased.

In late 2017, she moved to Verena at the Glen, an independent living facility located in Glen Allen, Va., to be closer to her family.

Laura was an officer in the Order of the Eastern Star in Oak Ridge. She and her late husband, Earl, were Field Directors of the National Campers and Hikers Association. They also enjoyed square dancing. Laura was also a volunteer at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for many years.

Laura loves to travel and has been to 16 countries. She is currently an active participant in activities at Verena at the Glen. She is an avid reader and enjoys art. Laura has a daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren who live in Virginia and Tennessee. She also has a deceased son.

When Laura was asked for her secret to living to be 100 years old, and looking as young and beautiful as she does, she replied, “I don’t know the secret to living to be 100 years old, I just trusted in God and kept going.”

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