Three Brooklyn women at same nursing home celebrate 100 years of life

Three women at the same nursing home on Monday, March 6th celebrated living more than 100 years with cake, songs and flowers while sharing their secrets of long life with friends, family and neighbors.

The three centenarians -- Lucille Price, 100, Sophia Smith, 101, and Grace Marie Baker, 102 -- cut into a white cake while more than 50 people gathered at the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the borough of Brooklyn.

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Three over 100-year-old women, 101-year-old Sophia Smith (L) 101-year-old Lucille Price (C) and 102-year-old Marie Baker (R) cut a cake at a birthday celebration for the three residents of the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, March 6, 2017.

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102-year-old Marie Baker, arrives at a birthday celebration for her and two other over 100 year-old residents of the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, March 6, 2017.

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101-year-old Lucille Price, originally from Guyana, holds a knife to cut a cake at a birthday celebration for her and two other over 100 year-old residents of the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, March 6, 2017.

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101-year-old Sophia Smith, originally from Guyana, sits with bouquets of flowers at a birthday celebration for her and two other over 100 year-old residents of the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, March 6, 2017.

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102-year-old Marie Baker, sits with her twin daughters at a birthday celebration for her and two other over 100 year-old residents of the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, March 6, 2017.

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Three ladies celebrate being over 100 years old on Monday March 6, 2017. Left-right: Lucille Price,100, birthday is 11/26/1916, Marie Baker,102 years old, birthday is 10/26/1914 and Sophia Smith,101, her birthday is 12/30/1915, . Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 810 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Three ladies celebrate being over 100 years old on Monday March 6, 2017. Left-right: Lucille Price,100, birthday is 11/26/1916, Marie Baker,102 years old, birthday is 10/26/1914 and Sophia Smith,101, her birthday is 12/30/1915, . Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 810 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Three ladies celebrate being over 100 years old on Monday March 6, 2017. Left-right: Lucille Price,100, birthday is 11/26/1916, Marie Baker,102 years old, birthday is 10/26/1914 and Sophia Smith,101, her birthday is 12/30/1915, . Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 810 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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The centenarians gave differing recipes behind their long lives, but Price, a former housewife and hairdresser from Guyana, said no special diet had kept her going.

"I got no secret because I do whatever everybody else do. I eat whatever I have to eat and I eat any food, any food I eat," said Price, who has 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and has lived at the nursing home since 2005.

"It's the soup, chicken soup," said Smith, who was also born in Guyana and enjoys going to church and visits from her five grandchildren. She arrived at the nursing home when she was 100.

Baker, who was born in Brooklyn, said God was the reason for her long life. "He's been taking care of me. I've had a lot of sick days but he wasn't ready for me," said Baker, whose hobbies include cooking, painting and visiting museums.

The party was not held to celebrate birthdays, but was to mark the centenarians' long lives, nursing home officials said. The center specializes in short-term, post-acute rehabilitation and long-term residential care.


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