Birthday wishes extended to Cranston centenarian Mary Scorpio

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Cranston Senior Services Director Susan Stenhouse, left, conducts the recent festivities honoring Mary Scorpio for turning 100. Mary is holding citations she received while other attendees prepare to present her with a birthday cake.

Cranston Senior Services Director Susan Stenhouse, left, conducts the recent festivities honoring Mary Scorpio for turning 100. Mary is holding citations she received while other attendees prepare to present her with a birthday cake.

Happy 2014! We at “Senior Digest” hope you have a good year filled with happiness.

The next greeting is a belated happy birthday to Mary Scorpio of Cranston, who turned 100 on Dec. 29. Mary and her family celebrated the momentous occasion at a party attended by at least 100 people, and the centenarian was surprised again a day later on Dec. 30 at the Cranston Senior Center.

During lunch there, a delegation that included newly-appointed Senior Services Director Susan Stenhouse and Mayor Allan Fung honored Mary. She received a cake while those in attendance sang “Happy Birthday,” citations from politicians such as U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and a portrait painted by a fellow senior center member.

You can view a clip of the festivities on this site or the Senior Digest Facebook page.

Her peers and members of the senior center staff hold Mary in high regard, and when you talk to them about the mother of five, the conversation is peppered with superlatives for her sunny personality, sweet disposition and continued volunteerism at the center. She helps serve lunch there two days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and also puts in another eight hours per month assisting with the bingo games at the Knightsville Senior Center.

The former Mary Dubis said longevity “has a lot to do with the genes” you have. Her mother, Wilhemina, lived until she was 97; her dad, Frank, passed at the age of 86; and a sister – one of 10 siblings – died at 102. Besides good genes and keeping busy, Mary said, “the pills have a lot to do with it, too.”

The centenarian continues to drive a car and plans to keep operating a motor vehicle as long as her eyesight is good and she has “no afflictions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s,” she said, adding, “And I will be the first to know if something is wrong.”

There is no question that Mary, who bakes wine biscuits that her friends at the center rave about, has a positive attitude. And remember that as Mary said, age “is only a number.”

 

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