Riva English turned 105 Tuesday and nine quilting buddies threw her a party at her daughter's home in Dallasania, near the intersection of Harco Road and Old Route 13.
English was born in a white house, a stone's throw from her daughter's home, in 1908. She lived for years in Harrisburg and moved in with her daughter two years ago.
"I am glad that I brought her into my home. She was getting too feeble to take care of herself," said daughter Wynona Turner.
"I decided that it was time to start taking care of her. I sold her house and put the money into her bank account. She loves to look at her bank book."
Some of English’s favorite entertainment involves having the company of youth about the house.
"Her granddaughter (Taylor Phillips, 17) comes to visit about four times a week and sometimes brings a bunch of her friends. It tickles me to death to watch Mom watching those girls. It's company for her,” Turner said.
Fish and cobbler are popular dinner faire at the home.
“Mom loves it when my husband catches fish and fries it up for her. She loves peach cobbler," said Turner.
Georgia Murphy of Harrisburg was at the party. She said, "Riva was always a joker and very pleasant to be around. She has had a good long life because she was always very active. I think that's why she has been going so long."
Riva reads voraciously, anything she can get her hands on, and still crochets.
She quilted until two years ago. She started quilting in 1988. She has one daughter, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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