90-year-old surprised with socially distant party for her birthday

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A birthday display and chair greeted Bernice Thomas at the end of her driveway. Moments later, a surprise she never saw coming.

“I don’t even have words to express this, they just surprised me so much. They didn’t tell me a word about anything” said Thomas, affectionately known as Kitty to her family.

The long-time Scotlandville resident turned 90 years old today. Her family said, despite the trying times, they still wanted to do something special to honor her big day.

“She actually means the world to me.”
“I’m so glad, she’s lived on the earth for 90 years.”
“She’s a decade short of a century so it’s like wow.”

Thomas said, the parade caught her off guard but she didn’t need it to know how much she is loved.

“I know they love me. The things they do every day, this ain’t  just this one day, it’s every day.”

Car by car — family, friends and church members past along, saying happy birthday the best way they know how.

Sitting in her white chair with a smile on her face and a lot of thank you’s. The 90-year-old said, this will be a birthday she will never forget and adds her secret to a long life is simple.

“Don’t forget to praise God because he’s the cause of all of this. If it wasn’t for him, this never could have happened, and I just give God all the glory.”

East Baton Rouge’s Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome honored Bernice “Kitty” Thomas with a proclamation.

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