FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A 112-year-old Queens woman was surrounded by family at Beach Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center as she celebrated her birthday on Thursday.
Ermisna Theodore came to the US from Haiti. She has five sons and dozens of grandkids, in addition to many great grandchildren.
“We are very blessed to have her,” Ben-Oni Theodore, one of Ermisna’s many grandsons, said. “She is basically the bridge to back home where my parents came from."
Granddaughter Sarah Theodore was also there.
“She practically raised each and everyone of us,” she said. “She didn’t have much education and her life was hard. but without her, none of us would be here."
Theodore only recently stopped walking. So what's her secret to old age?
"She ate healthy, she was around a lot of family, gave a lot of love. She kept active," granddaughter Miriam Adelson said.
Theodore was born in 1907.
Attendees at the party gave Theodore birthday wishes in Creole.
“She’s an icon in the Haitian community,” Jocelyn Mayas, the founder of The Empowerment Center for Caribbean Immigrants, said.