Grace-land for a day: 90-year-old celebrates milestone birthday with ‘Elvis’

Grace Storteboom celebrates her 90th birthday at Cheam Village in Agassiz on Sunday, June 28 (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot smiles while getting ready to perform at Cheam VIllage (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot sings to Grace Storteboom at Cheam Village during her 90th birthday party. Dozens of people attended at a safe distance (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot sings to Grace Storteboom at Cheam Village during her 90th birthday party. Dozens of people attended at a safe distance (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot sings to Grace Storteboom at Cheam Village during her 90th birthday party. Dozens of people attended at a safe distance (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot sings to Grace Storteboom at Cheam Village during her 90th birthday party. Dozens of people attended at a safe distance (Adam Louis/Observer).
Grace Storteboom waves to well-wishers during her 90th birthday party on Sunday, June 28 (Adam Louis/Observer).
Grace Storteboom waves to well-wishers during her 90th birthday party on Sunday, June 28 (Adam Louis/Observer).
Grace Storteboom waves to her guests from her patio while Steve “Elvis” Elliot performs (Adam Louis/Observer).
Steve “Elvis” Elliot sings to Grace Storteboom and her guests at Cheam Village during her 90th birthday party. Dozens of people attended at a safe distance (Adam Louis/Observer).
The Agassiz Harrison Observer wrote a card for Grace Storteboom’s 90th birthday party. She received more than 150 cards from people all over the community (Adam Louis/Observer).
The Agassiz Harrison Observer wrote a card for Grace Storteboom’s 90th birthday party. She received more than 150 cards from people all over the community (Adam Louis/Observer).

Grace Storteboom celebrated her 90th birthday at Cheam Village in Agassiz on Sunday (June 28) afternoon surrounded by a few dozen physically distanced friends and family members.

Steve “Elvis” Elliot crooned tunes fit for the King himself, serenading Grace and her guests with hits like “Don’t be Cruel,” a few gospel favourites and “All Shook Up.”

Storteboom was clearly having a wonderful time, and so were her guests. Before starting his rendition of “It’s Now or Never,” Elliot asked Storteboom if she had any Italian blood in her. The sassy nonagenarian proudly declared her Dutch heritage but told Elvis “I can be anything you want me to be.”

Local dignitaries MLA Laurie Throness and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger also stopped by to pass on their well wishes. Storteboom received more than 150 birthday cards from the community, including one from The Observer.


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