Olivia Portis’s 101st Birthday

by Brittany Harris on November 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

A local woman is celebrating a remarkable achievement.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Olivia Portis’s 101st birthday Saturday afternoon. While she was unable to talk to WHIZ personally, her family says they are truly amazed.

"I told her, I said happy birthday to her today and I said it’s your birthday today you’re 101 and she just said okay. She really didn’t say much, but I know before last year when I told her she was 100 she couldn’t believe it," says Granddaughter Ebony Small.

She has eight children and several generations of grandchildren. Small credits Olivia’s good health to home cooked meals, family support and her devotion to the Christian faith.

"It makes me feel really good because she really inspires me especially because shes 101 and that’s obviously some good genes. I love her and like I said, she inspires me everyday," says Small.

She says doctors are continuously impressed by Olivia’s health and say she is doing quite well for a woman of her age.