Chester resident Alice Hall, 100, with her daughter, Livia Smith.

Chester resident Alice Hall, 100, with her daughter, Livia Smith.

Delaware County Council and the County Office for Services to the Aging (COSA) honored 68 centenarians last week during the 13th annual Centenarian Birthday luncheon held at the Drexelbrook Events Center in Upper Darby Township.

At age 106, White Horse Village resident Marion Roth was the oldest celebrant honored. She attributes her longevity to “eating lots of cheese, butter and potato chips.”

In actuality, 171 centenarians were identified by COSA as currently residing in Delaware County, but due to failing health and other reasons, only 68 were able to attend the luncheon, which featured entertainment and speakers.

Those unable to attend will be visited by COSA staff and presented with a proclamation.

“On behalf of County Council, we are proud and humbled to celebrate these great men and women who possess decades of wisdom, experience and advice that we all can benefit from,” said Council Chairman Mario Civera, Jr. “You have all made amazing contributions to your families, your communities and the nation.”

Lower Chichester Township resident Gertrude Johnson, 103, was accompanied to the luncheon by her daughter, Roberta Beckett, granddaughter, Joyce Beckett, and great-granddaughter, Shameka Beckett.

Lower Chichester resident Gertrude Johnson, 103, with her daughter, Roberta Beckett; granddaughter, Joyce Beckett; and great-granddaughter, Shameka Beckett.

Lower Chichester resident Gertrude Johnson, 103, with her daughter, Roberta Beckett; granddaughter, Joyce Beckett; and great-granddaughter, Shameka Beckett.

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