Washburn Tech gives 97-year-old her first manicure for Valentine’s Day

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The ladies of Thornton Place Senior Living got a special Valentine’s treat Wednesday morning.

For the first time in 97 years Beulah Meens has painted nails, and it's love at first sight.

"I always worked in the dirt so I never ever thought it was necessary,” said Meens. “They look prettier than they've ever looked.”

Meens and seven other women from Thornton Place picked their color of pink and packed into a room at Washburn Tech's Cosmetology school for some Valentine’s Day pampering.

"Not everybody has that special someone anymore,” said Thornton Place sales leader Tabitha Petefish. “I see a lot of widows and so they're kind of fulfilling that touch aspect by coming here and having someone touch and hold their hands."

The women got a pre V-Day pick-me-up.

"It gives them a sense of purpose,” said Petefish. “They need to be up and about and looking good and feeling good. You always look better when your hair and nails are done."

While the students practiced on someone sweet.

"I love little old ladies, they’re so sweet,” said student Brianna Douglas. "It just makes me feel so happy cause my grandma, she was in a nursing home for a while, so I know what it's like for them to come and enjoy all of this."

With ladies like Meens already planning to come back, they seem to be made for each other.

"They get hands on and our ladies get that sense of love,” Petefish said.