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CHILLICOTHE — Born and raised in Chillicothe, Frances Bowen celebrated her 100th birthday with the help of the Chillicothe community.

For the past two weeks, the staff at CareCore at Westmoreland in Chillicothe have been planning a way to amaze Bowen for her milestone birthday. With the help of the community, the centenarian received nearly 200 birthday cards and had a surprise parade hosted in her honor.

“Is this all for me?” Bowen asked while eating cookies and waving to cars passing by her outside of the residential care facility. After the event, she said, “It means a lot that so many people made me cards. And not everyone gets a parade!”

As friends, family and