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Montana’s Centenarian’s Search

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging would like to recognize all Montanan’s that are, or will be 100 years of age or older by December 31st, 2017.

Montana’s 2010 census showed that we had 175 centenarians and it is estimated by 2025, we will have over 3,000.  For the 2016 Governor’s Conference held in September in Billings, we recognized 142 centenarians and honored 8 in person at the conference luncheon. By recognizing the oldest of Montana’s elders and honoring them, we hope to raise the public’s awareness of our aging society.   The 2017 Conference on Aging will be held at two different locations:  The Red Lion in Kalispell on September 7th and 8th and in Glendive at the Eastern Plains Event Center on September 12th and 13th. 

If you are a Centenarian or are aware of one and would like them to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Governor, please supply us the following information:

  1. Centenarian's Name.*
  2. Contact person (who to send certificate to).*
  3. Contact person’s phone number and e-mail address *
  4. Mailing address (where to send the certificate).*
  5. Birth date of Centenarian.*
  6. Is the Centenarian a Veteran? *
  7. Where were they born?
  8. If not born in Montana, what is their story on how they got to Montana?
  9. Where do they live now?
  10. What is the Centenarian's living arrangement? In a care facility? If so, name of facility.
  11. What is the secret to their longevity?
  12. What has been the most amazing event in their life that they would like to share?
  13. What is their favorite quote?
  14. Anything else they would like us to know about the centenarian?
  15. The Centenarian Luncheon will be held at two locations in 2017 in conjunction with the 49th annual Governors Conferences on Aging.  Is the centenarian willing and able to attend the 2017 Centenarian Luncheon?  ____Yes   ____No         
    If yes, choose location:  
              a. ______________Kalispell - Red Lion - September 7th at 12 Noon  
              b. ______________Glendive - EPEC - September 12th at 12 Noon        
    Contact Person for Luncheon arrangements
    Name: __________________________________________________________________
    Phone Number:____________________________ Cell Phone: _____________________
    Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________
    Email Address: ___________________________________________________________                                                                                                           
  16. If attending the Centenarian Luncheon at the Conference, please provide a picture of the centenarian.
    NOTE: * First four items must be completed in order to receive a certificate.

Centenarian Information Online Form

Centenarian Information Form (pdf)

Each year at the Governor's Conference on Aging, we want to recognize Montana’s centenarians. Even if we have honored or recognized them before, we want to continue to acknowledge their achieving centenarian status and each year over age 100 is an amazing accomplishment.

We continue the process to identify and recognize Montana’s centenarians, those who will reach the age 100 this year and 2017, as well as all those who are over 100.

We would also like to identify and honor Montana’s oldest citizen, so please provide the information above even if you have received a certificate in previous years and have attended a Centenarian Luncheon at previous Governor’s Conferences on Aging.

Please complete the electronic (online form) or send your centenarian information to:

DPHHS – SLTC – Aging Services
PO Box 4210
Helena MT 59604-4210

or - email jstoeckel@mt.gov

or - call Senior and Long Term Care at (406) 444-4077.  (1-800-332-2272)

More information about the conference is forth coming. State tuned and continue to check web site at
2017 Governor's Conference on Aging for more information.

48th Annual Governor's Conference on Aging

The Centenarian Luncheon Is Always A Favorite!

Barney Meyers144 centenarians were honored during the annual centenarian luncheon which was held the first day of the conference. 8 centenarians from the Billings area joined the Governor and the conference attendees in celebration of their stories and wisdom. One of the older centenarian’s, Barney Meyers (pictured right) turned 106th on the day of the centenarian luncheon and was Millie Eyrehonored with all the attendees singing happy birthday. Millie Eyre (pictured left) was the oldest centenarian in attendance (beating Barney by a few months). She will be turning 107 in December. Other honorees were Bonnie Grossheusch, Madge Hoersten, Lilly Ryan and Bill Smith who are 100 years of age. Thelma Green is 102 and Mary Cann will be turning 102.

Governor Bullock was able to spend time visiting with each of these wonderful folks to listen to their stories and congratulate them on their longevity.  Pictured here clockwise are Mary Cann, Bill Smith, Bonnie Grossheusch, Mary Cann, Lilly Ryan, Thelma Green and Madge Hoersten.

Pictured here clockwise are Mary Cann, Bill Smith, Bonnie Grossheusch, Mary Cann, Lilly Ryan, Thelma Green and Madge Hoersten