Catherine ‘Kay’ Christian celebrates 100th birthday
GREENFIELD — Catherine “Kay” Christian recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
For her birthday, more than 40 friends and family gathered at the Weldon House, where Christian has lived for more than 30 years. Four generations of her family were present, including great-granddaughters Kathryn and Hope Clark.
“She’s the longest resident of the Weldon,” said her son, James Christian. “She’s lived there ever since it was converted to apartments about 30 years ago.”
In her earlier years there, Christian was an avid bridge player. Cards were a fixture of social life for the seniors living at the Weldon in its early years, with two or three bridge nights each week. She also used to knit quite a bit.
When Christian worked at the University of Massachusetts and lived in Amherst, she was a big fan of the college’s sports teams, trying to attend every basketball home game each year.
The college was smaller back then and she personally knew many of the students and players, including Julius Erving, who would become known as star professional player Doctor J.
Before Christian and her husband moved to Amherst, the couple ran the Hotel Pharmacy in Brattleboro, Vt., for about 20 years.
It was a classic, 1940s pharmacy, complete with a lunch counter and soda fountain.
Though she lived much of her life in Brattleboro and Amherst, Greenfield was always Christian’s home.
She grew up on Chapman Street, her father, uncle, and brothers worked at Greenfield Tap and Die, and the kids went to Greenfield High School.
Her brother, John Griffin, is still around at 98 years old, and made it to her Sept. 26 party as well. The two grew up with three other siblings.
Christian now has nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, though many of them live out of state.
She used to travel, to her father’s homeland of Ireland, and, after retirement, on annual trips to Florida.