(WBRE/WYOU-TV) She was born the same year as Spiro Agnew, Rita Hayworth, Billy Graham, and Betty Ford. Ethel Phillips of Scranton is celebrating her 100th birthday, Wednesday. Family and friends celebrated the occasion with Ethel at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. The Department of Military and Veterans affairs hosted the party. While Ethel never served in the military, her 97-year-old husband Merlin is a World War Two Marine Veteran. The couple celebrated their 75th anniversary in June. They have two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“We’ve had ups and downs but nothing we couldn’t survive. Even though he went to war and came back.” Ethel told us.
Ethel received a single General’s star in honor of her 100 years as well as a written birthday greeting from Governor Tom Wolf. All of us at Eyewitness News wish Ethel a very happy birthday and many more healthy, happy years.