Celebrating Mimi’s 90th birthday with drive-by parade
Friends and family of Mimi Hackney celebrated her 90th birthday with a drive-by parade at Daisy Hill Senior Living Oct. 21. Organized by the Woodford County Neighbors Caring for Neighbors volunteer group, a parade of vehicles drove by Daisy Hill’s front porch to celebrate with Mimi – at a safe distance. Many of those participating in the parade knew Mimi from her involvement in the community and at Versailles Baptist Church, while some remember her teaching art at Versailles High School many years ago. “I was amazed,” said Mimi of the parade. “I knew something was going to happen, but I thought it would be a few people driving by and singing ‘Happy Birthday, Mimi’ and going on. “I got the surprise of my life at the length of it and the attention they gave me. I just felt like queen for a day.” Cars, a church van from Versailles Baptist and other vehicles driven by well-wishers, including Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay, stopped under Daisy Hill’s covered porch to say “Happy Birthday,” drop birthday cards in a basket and leave flowers for Mimi, too. Neighbors Caring for Neighbors volunteers gave Mimi a tapestry throw, which the Versailles Lions Club is selling for $50 to raise funds for its programs, according to Lillie Cox, a Lions Club member and Neighbors volunteer. She helped organize the drive-by parade and knew Mimi would like the tapestry because it highlights sites of interest in Woodford County. With the possible exception of one, Mimi said she’s been to all those places, before adding, “I certainly appreciated that” gift, although she’s still looking for a special place to display it. While not a hero in the traditional sense, Mimi has been a lifelong resident of Woodford County who was an educator and taught Sunday School at Versailles Baptist Church for nearly 45 years. “… You felt like you were touching eternity when you taught children,” she said. Mimi was humbled by how many people wanted to wish her a happy birthday, said Laurie Dorough, executive director at Daisy Hill Senior Living. She said the people who took time out of their day to celebrate Mimi’s birthday shows how much the community cares about Daisy Hill’s residents. “They (other residents) thought it was very nice – were impressed, like I was, that they had” a drive-by parade in honor of my birthday, said Mimi. She and her husband of 60 years, Donald Hackney, raised three children. Both of her living children attended the drive-by parade celebrating her 90th birthday.