Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Rancho woman marks 102nd birthday.(Reach Out)

Byline: Around Town LIZ OTERO VALLEJOS

Emma Benn, a resident of Regent at Sandia Springs, an assisted-living facility in Rio Rancho, celebrated her 102nd birthday in a community celebration March 17.

The party began with a performance by the High Desert Pipes and Drums followed by Rio Rancho Mayor John Jennings presenting Benn with a special proclamation in honor of her birthday. Refreshments and music by the Starlight Band followed.

Benn was born Emma Burkhardt in Jersey City, N.J., on March 16, 1899. She worked as a stenographer at the age of 15. She married Frank "Mel" Benn in 1917, when she was 18. Her husband died in 1987.

Benn is the mother of three, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 22. …

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