The Tampa community has at least two active centenarians — Alma Meyer and Tillie Hein. They will be co-grand marshals Saturday in the town’s 125th anniversary parade.
Meyer celebrated her 100th birthday July 29. Born a Backhus, she has lived all of her life in the Tampa community. Her husband, Earnest, died in 1993.
Meyer lives in her own home in Tampa and is assisted by her son, Dennis, who lives with her. She receives care from Marion County Home Care once a week.
Meyer uses a walker to get around. She said she is in good health. Besides son Dennis, she has a daughter, six grandchildren (one deceased), and six great-grandchildren. Her first great-great-grandchild is on the way.
Hein, 103, of rural Tampa was the queen of the Tampa Centennial parade 25 years ago. Tom Duggan was the king. Along with her usual high heels and dress, she will be wearing a necklace Saturday she received at that time.
Hein resides in her own home north of Tampa. Except for a monthly visit from a housekeeper, she is self-sufficient. She has given up driving but continues to enjoy baking and cooking meals for her family. She will be 104 on Nov. 8.
During wheat harvest, Hein enjoyed her annual ride with grandson Jim Srajer in his combine. Jim and his wife, Kris, provide transportation for her when needed.
The wedding dresses of Meyer and Hein will be among others displayed at the Tampa Senior Center. A review will be presented at 11 a.m.
“I think mine will be the oldest one there,” Hein said. Hers is 84 years old. Meyer’s is 67 years old.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m.