Lifelong Middletown resident Florence L. Frisby celebrated her 90th birthday on May 20.
Events honoring her milestone began on May 18 with a family gathering at Joe’s Crab Shack, organized by her grandchildren. Her daughters, Marva Congo with husband Peter, Dorothy Frisby-Harris, and Deborah Ruff attended, along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was also surprised by one of her long-time friends, Joanne Johnston from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Then on May 20, family and friends gathered at her home on Anderson Street for ice cream and cake. Her family and friends said they are so happy that God has allowed them to still have their mother and grandmother in their lives, and to God be the glory.
In her 90 years, Florence has seen Middletown grow from a small country town to a small city. Even though she has enjoyed meeting new residents, she said she hopes there will be an end to the expansion during her lifetime because she said the town has lost much of its neighborly flavor.
When she was young, everyone seemed to know everyone else. All adults were parents to all children. It was a village raising the children, she said. Now when she watches children going back and forth to school, she doesn’t know who they are unless they’re her nearby neighbors.
Florence enjoys going to her church of 90 years, Dale United Methodist Church, where she is known as the mother of the church and is the oldest living member. She also enjoys family gatherings at her home. Her family members try to come together on all holidays, as often as possible.
Florence was married for 60 years to her childhood sweetheart, Franklin Frisby, who passed away in 2002.