A former Wellington resident has just celebrated her 105th birthday.
Helen Huff lived in the village for more than 50 years before moving to Sullivan with her daughter, one of two children she raised in the area. She is a leap year baby, born Feb. 29, 1912.
Now living at Kingston of Ashland, she marked the special occasion with family last week.
“Everyone asks about her key to longevity,” said Huff’s granddaughter, Joyce Jordan. “There’s been no special diet or anything. She loves to walk. When she lived in Wellington she walked everywhere.”
Huff is still “sharp as a tack” and able to recall distinct memories from all eras of her life, the family said.
“Her mind is completely clear,” said grandson Michael Puskas. “It was the sharpest mind in the room when we were with her celebrating. Physically, she has some knee problems and stays in a wheelchair but she’s just an amazing woman.”
Puskas said his grandmother’s positive outlook has helped very much in that regard.
“With a lot of people, it just has to do with their attitude,” he said. “Our mind pretty much dictates what our body feels many times. That mind over matter thing is not insignificant.”
Huff underwent surgery for a serious hernia five years ago, Jordan said.
“She couldn’t swallow water before the surgery,” she said. “She came through that operation with flying colors and zero complications at 100 years old. We all love her and are so thankful for her.”
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