Last month, Methuen Village assisted living celebrated the 100th birthday of Methuen’s own Dora Uliano! It was a day filled with love, laughter, family and friends.

Dora (Sarcione) grew up in Lawrence and, while a student at St. Mary’s High School, she was crowned May Queen of the May Procession.

“You had to earn (the title) – go to Mass every day, pray, all sorts of things. It’s her proudest moment in life, beside her family,” explained daughter Clarissa Taylor.

Methuen Village surprised the birthday girl with a stunning floral crown, created by Flowers by Jamie Lynn, reminiscent of that special moment in Dora’s life.

Dora married Silvio P. “Sy” Uliano Sr., and they raised children Dora, Clarissa and Silvio Jr., in Lawrence. Once her children were older, Dora worked first as a teller, then as the manager of safety deposit boxes, at Bank of New England on Essex Street. Dora also has nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Uliano had lived in Methuen for about 24 years before recently relocating to Methuen Village.

“The party was absolutely wonderful. She loved having her family there, even the 1-month-old twins,” Clarissa said. “She was smiling, and she absolutely loved meeting (Methuen Police Chief Scott McNamara and some of his officers).

It was a wonderful day for the lady referred to as “the new girl” by residents. Happy 100th birthday, Dora!