DeFuniak Springs resident celebrates her 81st and birth of her great-granddaughter

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

Joy Rose celebrated more than one milestone on her birthday, May 25. Not only did the DeFuniak Springs resident turn 81, but she was able to witness the birth of her great-grandchild, Maci Rachelle Dennis.

"My due date was the 31st of June," said Meredith Telfer, Rose's granddaughter. "When we went ahead and set up the induction date I didn't even realize it was my grandmother's birthday."

"It was such a remarkable experience," recalled Jane McKenzie, Rose's daughter and Meredith's mother.

The four generations of women have a close bond, Telfer said, reinforced by their shared experience in the delivery room at Sacred Heart on The Emerald Coast.

"I couldn't have created a better grandma," she said. "She always went above and beyond to make everything special, and that is one trait of hers that has been passed down through the generations."

The women are so close in fact that McKenzie, a nurse's assistant for the past 35 years, even works at her mother’s nursing home, Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center . Every morning, at the end of her late night shift, she dresses her mother, fixes her a cup of coffee and makes sure she has a snack.

"She is a strong force in our family and has always been a huge part of our lives," McKenzie said of her mom.

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