The children made her a sign wishing her a happy birthday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty years ago, Theresa Tracy started going to the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a member.
About 10 years later she started volunteering. And then 22 years ago, she took a staff position and has been teaching water aerobics courses since.
"I just love the Y. I don't do it for the money. I do it because I love to do it and I love the people," Tracy said.
And the people at the Y love her back. That's why on Wednesday, staff threw her a surprise birthday party.
Tracy turned 90 years old this week and when she came off the elevator and into the lobby, after teaching yet another class, she was greeted by children from the day program and staff members singing to her.
Tracy teaches the adult classes three days a week and started doing that after she retired from being a nurse. She has four people in her class in their 90s as well, so she isn't the only healthy nonagenarian at the North Street building each week.
"I love it and it is good for me. That's why I think I've lived to be this old," she said in front of her co-workers.
Health and Wellness Director Chris Witruk took the occasion to present Tracy with a 20-year pin, recognizing her time as a staff member. The children from the day program made her a sign. And Tracy blew out the candles on a carrot cake purchased for her.
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