Helen Ray of Vandalia celebrated her 107th birthday this Wednesday.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1904, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Gibbons Kupferer Sr. She has two daughters: Donna Fessler (deceased) and Carole White. Helen lives at home with her daughter, Carole. She is the oldest living member of the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia and is believed to be the oldest living resident of Fayette County. A celebration will be held on the weekend of Sept. 23 with family and friends.