Local woman celebrates 100th birthday with virtual party

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — A local woman was able to celebrate her 100th birthday with a special virtual birthday party this week.

Dot Govern, a resident at Covenant Living at the Shores, turned 100 Wednesday.

Covenant Living at the Shores is a retirement community on Mercer Island.

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Govern downloaded Zoom, an online video communication platform, to celebrate with her loved ones.

All eight of Govern’s children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members logged on from across the country and Canada to celebrate.

Other residents and employees of the retirement community also sang “Happy Birthday” to Govern from afar as she stood out on her balcony.

“This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime celebration,” a spokesperson for the retirement community said.