STAUNTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Dozens celebrate a local woman’s 90th birthday while practicing social distancing.
Staunton resident Barbara Gillin turned 90 years on Friday.
Originally, there was a gathering planned to celebrate her big day.
“We were supposed to have a huge blowout. We had family coming in from all over the country, Florida, Texas, New Mexico,” said Chris Schurick, daughter of Barbara Gillin.
Those plans were changed due to policies to limit the spread of COVID-19, leaving the Gillin family looking for other ways to honor Barbara.
“She called my niece today earlier and she said, ‘What are you doing Jade?’ and Jade said ‘Oh nothing, what are you doing grandma?’ she said ‘Oh, I’m sitting here all alone on my birthday,” said Schurick.
With the help of family, friends, and the community, Barbara did not have to be alone while also keeping in mind social distancing.
A parade that included dozens of vehicles, the Indiana State Police, and local first responders drove past Barbara’s home on Friday to bring in her big day.
It was a celebration that came as a surprise.
“I was flabbergasted, it was a yay thing,” Gillin said.
Barbara says it meant a lot to see people find a way to celebrate given the circumstances, but she also recognized that those surrounding her are giving.
“That’s the way they all are. They’d do this for anybody,” Gillin said.
When asked if her 90th birthday was a happy one, she had a simple answer.
“Oh I had a happy birthday, you know that,” Gillin said.
After the parade ended Barbara also had a chance to video chat with several of her family members who were unable to be in town.