PLANT CITY Harriette Roderick, who credits her longevity to her early life on a farm, recently celebrated her 100th birthday at a local retirement center.
The 40 guests at her birthday party included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends from Turkey Creek First Baptist Church.
Born in the rural, agricultural town of Stuben, Ohio, Roderick was raised on a small farm outside of town. She married her late husband Lynn and moved to Keyser, W.Va. where the couple raised their sons Robert, Joe and Charles, who is now deceased, and daughter Sally Millican.
The Rodericks moved to the Plant City area in the early 1960s in part to be closer to Harriette’s family.
“She had relatives here,” daughter-in-law Doris Roderick said. “They visited them and liked the weather in and around Plant City and decided to move south.”
She said they moved to Dover before later settling in Plant City.
Roderick’s husband worked as a building inspector for the city of Plant City. Doris said that Roderick was a homemaker who loved raising her children and grandchildren.
“She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren when they were growing up,” she said.
Roderick attended Turkey Creek First Baptist Church for many years where she is still a member.
“That’s where she used to attend church all the time,” Doris said.
Roderick currently resides at the Health Center of Plant City where the party was hosted.
Doris said that Roderick does not have any secrets for living through a century. She said that she hears Roderick tell others when discussing her longevity, “It’s just because I’m a strong Ohio farm girl.”