June 19, 2018, was a very special day for Hazel Plummer, a resident at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts.
It was Plummer’s 110th birthday, the day she officially became a supercentenarian.
The facility threw her a party, attended by friends, family, associates, fellow residents and a reporter from the local newspaper.
Plummer was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to a worker at an elevator company and a homemaker, and both her parents lived into their 90s. She had two older siblings. She married Elmer Plummer when she was 27, and they went on to have two children. She now has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Before marriage, Plummer was a seamstress and dressmaker for an exclusive dress shop in Boston. Even years later, she was still sewing for her family and others and made bridal gowns and complete wedding outfits.
Plummer’s generosity wasn’t limited to sewing clothes, however. At Christmas time, she baked cookies for the neighbors. She also made aprons, pot holders and other items for church fairs.
When Plummer was asked what has helped her to live so long, she said, “I ate a lot of ginger. I never smoked or drank any alcohol. I was a devout churchgoer.”