Four Winds Community and former Wellston resident Rosa McClaskey will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday, May 22, and public officials and community members alike recently showered her with special attention for reaching the century mark in her life.

Wellston Mayor Charlie Hudson not only drafted a resolution in honor of the occasion, but came to Four Winds Community on Wednesday afternoon, May 20, to personally present it. Due to the COVID-19 concerns, Hudson presented the framed proclamation from outside Rosa’s window. Hudson declared Friday, May 22, as Rosa McClaskey Day in Wellston.

On Tuesday, May 19, the Jackson County Commissioners got into the act by passing a resolution of their own in honor of Rosa’s milestone birthday. The Four Winds Community staff also celebrated with Rosa. The community was invited to join in the celebration by sending her cards and messages.

McClaskey was born in Carter County, Kentucky. She is a 1938 graduate of Wellston High School and has lived in the city for 95 years.  Her great-grandson, Roger, told The Telegram she attended school in Radcliff, and that she loves wrestling, crossword puzzles and her dog, Sugar. He added that she is the greatest person he has ever known.

The Four Winds staff noted that she is a very special person who has lived a long life and is one of their favorite residents.

Rosa was married for 69 years to her husband, Charlie, who passed away in 2007. The couple had three sons, Charles, Roger and Thomas.

Those who want to wish Rosa a happy birthday can send cards to: Rosa McClaskey, c/o Four Winds Community, 215 Seth Ave., Jackson, OH 45640.