Crescent City community photo gallery for Jan. 29, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by St. Mary’s Dominican High School - Shown is, honoree Florence Ward, center, her daughter-in-law Jo Ward, left, and Celeste Anding, holding sign.

Florence Grush Ward, of Metairie, an alumna of St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Class of 1933, recently celebrated her 100th birthday as guest of honor at a monthly luncheon with Jesuit alumni that included her son, Larry Ward (’59). In a surprise visit at the gathering, Alumnae Director Celeste Anding ‘Dominicanized’ the honoree with a ‘Dominican is Proud of You’ sign and brought a Dominican memory book from 1933.

When asked what she attributed to her 100 years, Ward credited healthy eating. Ward’s daughter and granddaughters, Donna Ward Heim (‘56), Debbie Heim Sachs (‘78) and Darra Heim O’Keefe (‘80), are Dominican alumnae.