Heath senior citizen celebrates 91 years of living, gets recognized by Texas State Senator Bob Hall

John Vick with Texas State Senator Bob Hall’s Office presents a resolution on behalf of Sen. honoring Jeanette Cornelius’s 91st birthday.

ROCKWALL, TX – July 6, 2021 — Texas Senator Bob Hall recently commemorated a Heath senior resident who turned 91 years old on June 7th.

John Vick with Sen. Hall’s Office presented Jeanette Cornelius, a resident at GoodLife Senior Living and Memory Care, with a resolution signed by Sen. Hall recognizing the momentous occasion during a celebratory get-together with her family and friends at GoodLife on July 5th.

“Jeanette had a wonderful day receiving her resolution from Senator Bob Hall’s Office,” said Kerry Baird, Director of GoodLife Senior Living. “Jeanette is so full of energy and life, and it is a pleasure and a blessing to be part of her everyday activities. It was great to see a snapshot of some of her accomplishments. We are all a big family here with Jeanette and it makes it even more special when she is recognized for her achievements. She deserves all of this attention and more. We just love Jeanette and her fantastic family, and are so blessed to know her.”

Born in 1930, Jeanette is the daughter of Sue Dodd and Jasper Fain. She graduated from Forest Avenue High School in 1947 and married Clifford Cornelius the following year. Settling in Rockwall, his hometown, they became the parents of three daughters, Kathy, Patty, and Twila. Their treasured family grew through the years to include five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The devoted couple shared a fulfilling relationship of 62 years before the passing of Mr. Cornelius in 2011.

Jeanette was employed by the U.S. Postal Service until her retirement. Active in the community, she was an organizer and founding member of the Rockwall chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as the Rockwall County Historical Foundation. Her passion for genealogy prompted her to travel the United States tracing her family’s heritage, which stretches back to the early 17th century. While researching her husband’s roots, she determined that for more than 125 continuous years, a child of the Cornelius family had been enrolled in the Rockwall school system. She has also enjoyed artistic pursuits, painting in oils, hand-painting porcelain dolls, and designing and making quilts, many of which she has donated to benefit charitable organizations.

Jeanette with some of her crafts

When GoodLife Senior Living in Heath opened, she became one of the first residents, and she continues to be a valued member of its community.

“As a family, we are thrilled to have been blessed to share this milestone with our mother,” said Patty Griffin, daughter of Jeanette. “The older we get, the more valuable each day becomes. And as a family, we have to acknowledge the fabulous care given to our mother by GoodLife Senior Living in Heath. Their skill has allowed us to be daughters and have comfort that mother is receiving the best care available.”

Story by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Courtesy photos.

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