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Centenarian: ‘Appreciating what you have’ is key to life

NEW PORT RICHEY — Lucretia Ferry reached her milestone 100th birthday with fellow residents and staff at The Summit at New Port Richey throwing her a big bash.

Staff from Gulfside Regional Hospice joined the Oct. 23 celebration at The Summit, an assisted-living center.

Friends from Ohio made the drive down to celebrate her birthday and played polka music for her during dinner.

When asked how she made it to 100 years, Ferry responded, “Being good, and always appreciating what you have.”

Born Oct. 23, 1913, in Illinois, Ferry had lived in Ohio before moving to Florida.

“All she wanted for her birthday was a steak dinner,” Jocelyn Dickman, activities director at The Summit, said in a news release. “Lucretia has been a resident for several years, and she likes to sit up front and be like the mayor of the building with watching the comings and goings of people at the building.”

Staff from The Summit prepared the steak and chicken dinner for all residents at the assisted living facility at 5539 Charles St., New Port Richey. Gulfside Regional Hospice provided cake for residents.

The Summit’s parent company sent 100 roses to Ferry to mark the occasion.

Gulfside volunteer Doris McLaughlin attended the party. She visits with Ferry once a week and said she cannot believe how well Ferry is doing as a centenarian.

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