August marks Ella Gerlitz’s 100th birthday, but the celebration is already beginning.
Ella, of Mandan, will be celebrating her 100th birthday with friends and family on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat on Saturday.
“It was just something special her daughters thought of,” said Kathy Sougstad, a family friend.
Gerlitz’s two daughters, Coralie Hurst of Phoenix and Ellen Gerlitz of Maine, came from out of state to celebrate with their mom.
Church friends and family have been invited to enjoy the two-hour cruise with live music and food.
Ella knows that her daughters are throwing her a party but she doesn’t know all the details.
“She was told there is going to be a party but she doesn’t know it’s going to be a two- hour cruise on the riverboat,” Sougstad said.
Ella continues to reside at her home in Mandan, where she enjoys turning pine cones into art and is known as the “Pine Cone Lady.”