BY BRANDI VINCENT
A lot has happened in the last 100 years and Donalda Robitaille has lived through it all.
At the City Council meeting September 23, Mayor Bruce R. Williams and city staff made a formal proclamation to recognize Robitaille for celebrating such a milestone.
“We hereby congratulate Donalda on her 100th birthday and wish her all the best,” Williams said.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., Robitaille moved to Washington D.C. in 1938 with her husband, Hilaire, who was employed as an electrical engineer at the Navy Yard.
In 1941, the couple purchased a two-story brick rambler on Lincoln Avenue. The house was the first to be constructed in that section of the avenue, and Robitaille still lives there today. Hilaire died eight years ago.
Robitaille and her husband raised six children in the house on Lincoln Avenue. Though Robitaille only completed eighth grade, as a stay-at-home mom she focused on her family, making sure all her children graduated college.
Centenarian Donalda Robitaille with her mayoral proclamation.
Over the past seven decades, Robitaille watched the city expand and develop into what it is today. Through community service, she and her husband also gave back to the city.
Robitaille dedicated much of her time to volunteer and service efforts.
As dedicated members Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Larch Avenue, the couple volunteered countless hours to the parish. Robitaille also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Mayor Williams personally delivered the proclamation to Robitaille on her birthday.