With more than 300 years of living between them, three residents at the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation celebrated living to 100 and better at a swinging soiree at the residence on March 6. Surrounded by friends, family, and neighbors to honor their extraordinary lives, the ladies raised their glasses and had one heck of a party.
Lucille Price was born in 1906. She is originally from Guyana, and was a former housewife and hairdresser. She has 20 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.
Sophia Smith, born in 1905, is also from Guyana, and enjoys going to church and visits from her five grandchildren.
The oldest, Grace-Marie Baker, a borough daughter who is 102 years old, was born in 1904 and has stayed true to her roots right here. Her hobbies include cooking, painting, and visiting museums.
All three had their own reasons for such long lives — for Smith, she owes her longevity to “chicken soup,” she said. Baker gave thanks to God, and said, “He’s been taking are of me. I’ve had a lot of sick days, but he wasn’t ready for me.” And Price says, “I go no secret. I eat whatever I have to eat and I eat any food.”
She’s a lady after O’s own heart.
Standing O wishes all three many happy returns of the day and many more birthdays to come.
Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation [810 St. Marks Ave. in Crown Heights, (718) 467–7300].
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