101-year-old Celebrates Birthday at Taco Bell

August 15, 2018, 3:55 pm EST | Share:

CARBONDALE, IL (TAYLOR CLARK, KFVS-TV) — Some people like to celebrate their birthdays in beautiful locations like Paris, New York or Prague.

But for others… a fast food meal from a franchise will do just fine. At least that’s the case for 101-year-old Ruth Parker.

“I feel alright for being 101 I guess.”

Miss Ruth Parker has chosen to celebrate her big day amongst her best amigos… and tacos.

“We celebrate every birthday here,” she said.

Parker says she started coming to the Carbondale Taco Bell on a rainy day right after moving to town while looking for a place to read her paper and drink her coffee.

“They said ‘well we don’t serve coffee here,’ but one of the employees brought his coffee said we’ll make you a cup,” she recalled.

“And after that, she came back every time,” said manager Rebecca Gefro.

“Becky is a doll. She is a wonderful wonderful person,” said Parker.

Becky says every employee at this store goes out of their way to be nice to Miss Ruth. “No matter what. We all know Miss Ruth and we all make her a part of our lives, and you know, we talk to her and we just love her to death.”

And that’s why she’s been coming here for 18 years like clockwork.

“Two times a week. Tuesdays and Fridays,” admitted Parker.

In all that time, she’s pretty sure she’s had everything on the menu. But says she does have a favorite.

“Right now I’m hooked on their Taco Fries. They are delicious!”

Becky says they’re already looking forward to her next birthday fiesta. “We’ll see her at 102 next year. And we’re gonna make it even bigger!”

Even though it’s safe to say they’ll see her within a few days.