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October 8, 2012

Morrisonville woman celebrates 100th birthday

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Other friends and family came from Tennessee, Massachusetts and and North Carolina.

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Even at her ripe old age, DeCelle said she doesn’t need that much help.

She still does her own grocery shopping and makes trips to the pharmacy, too, Lawson said. 

”She’s got a good memory. Sound mind, body and soul,” Lawson added.

However, DeCelle doesn’t attribute her longevity to anything specific.

”I’m like that battery,” she said, referring to Energizer.

DeCelle used to crochet, but now she enjoys completing word searches and reading. And every other Tuesday she meets a few friends for lunch.

Theresa Powers of Beekmantown used to meet with DeCelle for coffee at Champlain Centre in Plattsburgh, she said.

Powers’s husband was a truck driver, like DeCelle’s husband, and he introduced the two women years ago.

”We talk on the phone a lot,” Powers said. “She was always very nice.”

”We used to walk together (in the mall) and do some window shopping.”

Powers said DeCelle, at 100, is still as sharp as she was when she met her.

”She remembers everything.”

On the table with DeCelle’s birthday cake, two framed certificates were displayed. One was signed by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

”You have witnessed great milestones in our nation’s history, and your life represents an important part of the American story,” it read. “As you reflect upon a century of memories, we hope that you are filled with tremendous pride and joy.”

As the room sang happy birthday to a beaming DeCelle, it was clear that this was true.

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